BETHLEHEM – A sinkhole collapsed part of a city street in eastern Pennsylvania, and a gas leak believed to be caused by a ruptured main forced the evacuation of several homes.
The Bethlehem Fire Department said about 30 residents had to leave their homes early Wednesday.
A four-block area was closed to traffic.
Bethlehem is about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.
Fire Chief Robert Novatnack said firefighters were called to the scene around 3:20 a.m. and detected a strong odor of natural gas, including inside some homes.
The gas was shut off after several hours and utility crews were making repairs.
Several evacuated residents were sheltering at a nearby school.
A UGI utility company worker was injured when he fell into the hole.
He drove himself to the hospital as a precaution.