Molokai Machete Incident Results in Propane Leak

February 6, 2012, 5:40 AM HST · Updated February 6, 7:12 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Residents of Kahalemua Housing Complex in Hoolehua were evacuated on Saturday afternoon because of a leak in a 2,000 gallon propane tank.

Fire officials say the supply line was ruptured when the owner of a unit was weeding in the area and hit the gas line with a machete at around 12:08 p.m.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said fire crews provided vapor suppression with a hose line and turned off the main valve to the propane tank.

Gas Company crews arrived just before 1 p.m. and repaired the line.

Residents were allowed to return when the area was deemed safe.

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