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Explosive Hazard Alert lifted in Black Diamond, Alta., following gas leak

Fire officials in Black Diamond, Alta., respond to a gas leak on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Cami Kepke, Global News

Businesses and homes near downtown Black Diamond were evacuated Saturday morning after an Explosive Hazard Alert was issued for the town.

According to the alert, issued shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, there was a significant gas leak due to an incident in the downtown area of Black Diamond.

RCMP told Global News that a truck backed into a gas line and some evacuations were necessary due to the amount of gas involved.

The warning was lifted shortly after noon, when officials turned off the gas line at the site of the incident.

According to RCMP, only a few downtown buildings were evacuated and there were no injuries related to the leak.

Fire officials said around 25 people in total were displaced but they were allowed to return after the alert was lifted.

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The Black Diamond Fire Department was on scene working to secure the leak, the alert said.

Traffic was diverted away from the town on Highway 22, west of Black Diamond, and in the town, emergency crews had also shut down Centre Avenue W. to 3 Street N.W.

Residents were asked to follow the direction of local authorities and to seek medical attention if necessary.

Black Diamond is about about 20 kilometres west of Okotoks, south of Calgary.