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Lightning Strike Causes Gas Line Fire in Oswego

Mar 16, 2016 10:26AM ● By Shannon Antinori

A gas line break in a vacant lot caused flames that could be seen from a considerable distance, police said. (Photo courtesy of Oswego Police).

Oswego police and firefighters responded late Tuesday to a report of downed power lines in the area of Linden and Juniper streets that turned out to be an underground gas line break, fire officials said.

“Upon arrival, crews were met with a large fireball coming from the ground near the intersection of Hemlock and Juniper streets,” the Oswego Fire Protection District said in a press release.

According to police, gas was spilling out and igniting from a vacant lot, and no homes were in danger during the incident.

“There is a large fireball visible from a considerable distance,” police said via Facebook early Wednesday.

Oswego firefighters remained on the scene Wednesday morning while a Nicor crew worked to shut off the gas.

Fire officials believe a lightning strike caused the gas line break.