(MAIZE, Kan.) — Update:
Curt Floerchinger, a spokesperson from Black Hills Energy natural gas, says the cause of the leak is under investigation.
Floerchinger says no employees from Black Hills Energy natural gas were on the scene when the leak happened but that there are reports that people were in the area working at the time of the leak.
An e-mail from Maize Unified School District 266 that was sent this morning also said a gas line “was hit by a construction crew.”
Floerchinger says the pipe is plastic, which he says is common and is easier to repair. He says that no natural gas service was interrupted to customers because of the leak. He hopes repairs to the pipe will be done later this afternoon.
Wichita hazmat is on the scene and said they won’t allow students back in the high school building until the natural gas line is completely repaired by Black Hills.
Students are being moved from Maize South High School to Maize South Middle School where parents or guardians can come pick the students up.
Students who drive won't be able to get their cars until officials decide it is safe to return to the high school. Maize South High School has a student body of about 800 students.