Lansing Evacuation a Success but at What Cost?

By: Jeremy Ross
By: Jeremy Ross

Lansing Police and fire officials say Tuesday's downtown evacuation due to a gas main break was a success. Authorities say there were no injuries because of the construction rupturing a gas line that lead to an evacuation, but the success could come at a cost to taxpayers.

About 2,800 of the nearly 3,000 people evacuated were state workers. For the two hours of the evacuation that could mean at least $67,000 in lost work.

The city of Lansing is beginning its inquiry into the accident and it's fire department will meet with the city attorney. The attorney's office could begin the process of recouping the police and fire costs of the evacuation from the contractor or responsible party for the construction accident.


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