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1 dead after natural gas leak in southern Alberta

WATCH: One person has died after a gas line was ruptured west of Millarville, Alta. Michael King reports.

One person was killed on Thursday after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta, according to Alberta EMS.

First responders were called to a field near Highway 549 between 304 and 320 streets at about 1:45 p.m. for reports of someone who had been overcome by noxious gas.

When crews arrived, they found a ruptured gas line.

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According to RCMP, a man working in the area was digging and hit the line, damaging it.

He was overcome by the gas and pronounced dead at the scene.

One person was killed after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta on Thursday, Nov. 7.
One person was killed after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta on Thursday, Nov. 7. Michael King/Global News

EMS said it was initially believed the person had breathed in hydrogen sulphide.

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Members from the Foothills Fire Department, RCMP and ATCO Gas were on the scene, EMS said. The line was contained as of 4:05 p.m. and there was no danger to the public, RCMP said.

A man was killed after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta on Thursday.
A man was killed after a natural gas leak in southern Alberta on Thursday. Cody Coates/Global News

More to come.