Rural Metro: Scene of propane leak all clear in East Knox County

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Rural Metro Fire reports scene is all clear, allows evacuees to return to normal activities after construction equipment struck an underground propane storage tank in East Knox County.

Rural Metro Fire responded to a propane leak in the 1600 block of Harris Road around 3:45 p.m.

An excavator had struck an underground propane storage tank, which allowed propane to leak into the atmosphere.

The hazardous materials team responded to the scene and evacuated four nearby houses and an adjacent business.

The team checked out the explosive levels in the air and determined that they were well below the safe levels.

Harris Road was opened up and all evacuees were allowed to return to their normal activities.

Earlier: Underground propane tank leak causes 4 homes, 1 business to evacuate in East Knox County

Four homes and a business have been evacuated due to an underground propane tank leak in East Knox County. Rural Metro’s hazardous materials team is on the scene in the 1600 block of Harris Road, near Millertown Pike.

As of 5 p.m., Harris Road is still closed. Rural Metro is evaluating potential hazards from the tank that was struck by construction equipment.

This is a developing story.

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