At around 11:00 Friday morning, units from the Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) were alerted for the report of a 4-inch plastic gas line struck in the area of Ilchester Rd and Landing Rd in Elkridge.
A total of eight HCDFRS units responded and worked in conjunction with Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), the Howard County Police Department (HCPD), the Howard County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) to control the hazard and direct the public on appropriate protective action.
As a precaution, Ilchester Elementary School and Bonnie Branch Middle School was evacuated around 1 pm. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School was affected, but did not need to be evacuated due to having a pre-scheduled early dismissal today. Residents in two homes nearby were evacuated, and access to approximately 25 houses was denied, while residents of another 100 homes were advised to shelter-in-place.
OEM has utilized the NotifyMe Howard system to provide voice, text, and email notifications regarding the incident to approximately 600 homes in a geo-targeted area. The leak was controlled by BGE around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.