Gas Smell That Led to Reverse 911 Calls This Morning Comes From Line That Appears to Have Been Tampered With, Says PG&E Spokesperson
A leaking gas line on Railroad Avenue in McKinleyville that led to a report of a barricaded subject and reverse 911 calls urging residents to shelter in place this morning appears to have been tampered with said Deanna Contreras PG&E spokesperson.
She said, “It appears that a third party has tampered with the line…Investigators are looking into this for possible charges.”
This morning about 8:30 a.m., a realtor checking on a property 1400 block of Railroad Drive in McKinleyville with a tenant in the eviction process “smelled the strong odor of natural gas,” according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release. She reported that the tenant might be barricaded within the property.
Nearby residents were evacuated and other residents that were further away were notified to shelter in place. One school, the McKinleyville Middle School, choose to go into lockdown.
Contreras said that after an investigation by a PG&E team, “It does appear that the line was tampered with.” At this time, she wasn’t willing to identify the motive or who the suspect in the alleged tampering might be.