Construction crews hit a gas main Thursday morning, prompting a neighborhood to evacuate. Representatives from Source Gas say the four inch gas line released 30 pounds of intermediate gas pressure.
Kearney police and fire crews evacuated an apartment complex and rerouted traffic around 39th street and 20th avenue.
Although there was no explosion or fire, officials say safety of residents is their biggest concern.
"Any time we do this we take precautionary measures. There was no immediate dangers, we want to be careful with public," said Source Gas's Norm Long. "So that's why we wanted to evacuate the area and stop traffic in the area."
Residents were able to return after approximately two hours once the situation became safe. The only injury was a Source Gas employee who was treated and released at Good Samaritan for heat.
REPORTER'S NOTES: Gas company officials remind us that natural gas is odorless and colorless, but a chemical is added for safety measures such as leaks, and urge people to immediately call emergency officials if that smell is detected.