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An underground natural gas fire, dangerously close to the Liberty Expressway, gave people a scare.

Crews were doing demolition work at Water, Gas, and Light's number one Town Border Station when a spark from a cutting torch ignited a gas line. Flames shot up from the underground pipe and scorching the ground.

Workers quickly shut off the gas and called firefighters as a precaution.

"There was a quarter inch line running underground that evidently had a leak in it and was leaking and they had a worker over there doing some demolition in that area using a cutting torch and it ignited the gas coming up out of the ground," said Albany Fire Department Asst. Chief Allen Cravey.

Because it was a small quarter-inch line, WG&L doesn't believe any customers were affected. The Town Border stations pass natural gas to WG&L customers in Albany.