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May 15--  A gas main west of Mount Vernon was damaged by bridge construction on the Oconee River Wednesday. 

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O'Connor, "Nobody was really at fault, it must have got run over or something and it ruptured the line.  They told us this afternoon it would be 48 to 72 hours before everything was repaired.  The traffic is open on the bridge and there's no danger they said."

In addition to residential customers, the sheriff says the outage shut down the Chicken of the Sea plant north of Lyons.

The company issued the following statement:

Atlanta Gas Light is working on natural gas outage in these areas: Mount Vernon, Ailey, Vidalia, Lyons, Soperton, Swainsboro and Twin City. 

Crews will be going to affected to customers to make sure their gas appliances are off. After the repairs are made, crews will return to affected customers to turn on their service and relight appliances.

Service personnel will need to have safe access to your home, and must be clear access to appliances and equipment, according to a company news release. A responsible adult needs to be home during the visit.  

The company offered these guidelines during the outage:

  • If you smell a natural gas (which smells like rotten eggs):
  • Do not use any devices, appliances or items that might create a spark that could ignite the gas.
  • Evacuate the home. Keep everyone away from the building until a gas company employees says its OK to return.
  • Never try to find or turn on gas service yourself.
  • Know the location of your natural gas meter.
  • Report the natural gas smell to the Atlanta Gas Light hotline at 1.877.427.4321.

To report a gas leak, call in the metro Atlanta area call 770.907.4231. Outside the metro Atlanta area, call 1.877.427.4321. For more information, visit