Emily Burkhard and WNYT Staff
Updated: September 11, 2020 07:00 AM
Created: September 10, 2020 08:25 PM
GILBOA - Emergency officials in Schoharie County say they didn't find a gas leak in the town of Gilboa, and people who had to evacuate Thursday night can return to their homes.
Residents in the Town of Gilboa called 911 after they smelled propane and saw heavy fog around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. When officials responded, they said they could smell propane along a significant stretch of Geyserkill Road.
Initially, it was thought the Enterprise Product Pipeline could have been leaking, but emergency management officials said that stretch of the line doesn’t have any odor
Still given the possibility of a gas leak about 50 people were evacuated from their homes. They went to the Middleburgh Emergency Shelter or to stay with friends and family.
At the scene, NewsChannel 13 learned numerous state agencies and other municipal departments responded to help evacuate people, close roads, and monitor air quality.
The concern was if it was propane, it is highly flammable and the weather last night made it potentially even more dangerous.
“Propane is heavier than air, so propane is going to settle to the ground and find its lowest point,” Schoharie County Sheriff Ron Stevens said.
Schoharie County Emergency Services says the pipeline will remain shut down until later Friday morning.
Firefighters also went door to door with gas detection meters to make sure a leak wasn’t coming from anyone’s home. If anyone in the area continues to have concerns, they should call 911.
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