I-70 back open following gas line leak west of Salina

LINCOLN COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: Interstate 70 is back open after a gas leak shut down traffic. Troopers diverted drivers off the interstate near Glendale in Lincoln County Thursday afternoon.

Kansas Highway Patrol

The leak was initially reported as a gas line explosion a little before 1 p.m., about 20 miles west of Salina.

There were no reports of injuries in the explosion. Officials with Northern Natural Gas say there was no danger to the public, but they decided to shut down the interstate as a precaution.

There were some reports of a loud noise with the leak and dirt flying in the air. We're told that can happen when there's a leak in a pressurized zone.
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A portion of I-70 is closed in Lincoln County due to a gas line explosion.

Trooper Ben Gardner tweeted out that the explosion is located about 20 miles west of Salina.

Dispatchers say dirt went flying into the air when the explosion occurred.

Both directions of I-70 are closed at milepost 230.

At this time, we don't know if there are any injuries.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene.