A new valve helped seal the leak of an AmeriGas 30,000-gallon tank of liquid petroleum that started Thursday in Tequesta, FL, finally closing off Friday morning.
Residents of about 600 homes ended up forced to evacuate but were able to return home after about 12 hours.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue tested the air quality and said it is safe and area roads reopened.
An AmeriGas spokesperson said the cause is still under investigation, but said there was an issue with the pressure release valve. It’s unclear what caused the issue.
The spokesperson said it took time to replace the valve because they first had to wait for the pressure to decrease to a certain point. Then they had to wait for enough gas to release before it was safe enough for crews to replace the valve.
“At approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this evening, our driver observed a leak on a propane storage tank while making a routine delivery at this facility,” said a statement from AmeriGas. “Emergency responders were immediately contacted, and arrived on scene. There have been no injuries reported, however, authorities have evacuated nearby residents as a precaution. We are working closely with authorities to contain the leak. Once the leak has been stopped, we will continue to work with authorities to determine the cause. The safety of the public is our highest priority.”
If AmeriGas is at fault for the leak, a spokesperson said the company will reimburse residents for any associated costs such as hotel expenses.
AmeriGas crews burned off gas that was in the container overnight. A tanker truck was at the scene Friday morning to remove the remaining gas that did not burn off. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.
The propane leak forced police to evacuate thousands of people Thursday afternoon as a precaution after the leaked occurred on Old Dixie Highway near County Line Road.