‘Unidentified’ gas leak near high school alerts city officials in Lonoke

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An “unidentified” gas has invaded neighborhoods near the high school in Lonoke, according to city officials.

The city took to Facebook on Wednesday alerting people to a mysterious gas that escaped from the south portion of the high school campus on April 10.

The gas showed up again a few blocks south in a nearby neighborhood, the Facebook post read.

Several agencies, including the Department of Environment Quality and the EPA, all showed up to investigate on Wednesday.

As of now, investigators do not believe the gas is harmful and have not found any evidence to make them think otherwise, according to officials.

“I kind of want to know what kind of gas it is,” Kristopher Moctezuma says.

Moctezuma spent Wednesday afternoon outside mowing the lawn. He hadn’t heard about the mysterious gas.

“Probably tell people to stay indoors until they get it under control.”

Some people in the area told our crews they smelled something foul the past couple days but weren’t sure what was causing it.

Several pieces of machinery and equipment can be spotted in the area where neighbors say crews are installing pipelines, but it’s unclear whether those projects are related to the gas leak.

Wednesday’s gas leak happened near Ponderosa, which had no evidence of gas when our crews arrived later in the afternoon.

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