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Natural Gas Leaks Causes Evacuation At Kennedy

February 2, 2011

Hundreds of people were evacuated from several buildings at Kennedy Space Center due to a natural gas leak.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said in a statement on Wednesday that the leak was caused when a backhoe struck a natural gas line.

Workers were evacuated from facilities including two Orbiter Processing Facilities as a precaution. 

Beutel said there were no injuries or damages and everyone was already back to work.  Crews are working on the natural gas line.

Three more space shuttle missions are planned this year before the program is retired.

The shuttle Discovery is next, with a launch scheduled for February 24.

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