Big bang alerted resident

Jean Flasher said she was inside when the accident happened on the front lawn outside her 18 Park Avenue home late Tuesday afternoon.

“I just heard a big bang and I didn’t pay much attention to it, and then I got up and looked and the neighbor started yelling that I had to get out of the house. It was just really loud,” she said. “There’s a big (natural) gas meter and there’s these big posts all around it and she like broke them right off of there…they’re gone, she rode right over top of it.”

Flasher said a fireman asked her to leave her home with one of her dogs, but she had to leave another one behind, because it was hiding, while she waited in the Warren Shurfine parking lot.

“It’s frustrating, I just want to go home,” she said.

One Park Avenue resident said police officers were knocking on doors asking residents to leave their homes.

“I saw them knocking on all the doors, so I went out to the porch and she’s like, ‘You need to evacuate because they hit a gas line and it’s very volatile.'”

“But I’m like I have five animals, should I take them with? And she’s like, ‘Yes.’ So we have three cats and two dogs in the car.”

Neighbors were watching from around the back of Madison Avenue and residents in the surrounding area were told to come to Shurfine parking lot, she said.

“Evacuation, but no time frame. I hope it’s not too long,” she said.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.