Evacuees allowed back into homes after West Utica propane leak

People living in the area called to report a strong odor Wednesday night.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 12:44 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2019 5:27 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- It was a scary, sleepless night for many living on and near Stark Street, in West Utica.

They were evacuated from their homes, under the threat of a possible propane tank explosion.

People living in the area called to report a strong odor Wednesday night, and when firefighters arrived, they saw it and they smelled it; the leaking propane had forced a cloud.

Next, about 20 nearby homes were evacuated. This was around 9 p.m. They grabbed their kids, their pets, their phone chargers, and  left their homes fast. While police banged on their neighbor's doors, warning them to get out.

Thursday morning, some very tired evacuees went back into their homes.

A 3,400 gallon propane tank at Bick & Heintz for repair, leaked. There were about 400 gallons in it at the time.

The chief says no citations or anything for company; that they have a solid safety record. This was not the result of any negligence.

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