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Gas Leak Troubles Neighborhood for Third Time Since December

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - For at least the third time since December, the neighborhood in Lansing on Hunters Ridge Road, just off Waverly, has experienced a gas leak.

"It sounds like a very loud shotgun--and it shakes the very ground--you can feel the whole home shake," remembers Cheyenne Brown.

It sounds like she's describing an earthquake, but Brown is actually talking about a gas leak coming from behind her home.

"I was actually told it was taken care of and we shouldn't have any more problems, that was prior to Christmas," said Brown.

Brown was ordered from her home early Christmas morning by firefighters after the second leak caused by malfunctioning equipment, just before the entire neighborhood was evacuated. Consumers Energy says that problem has been fixed and what happened this week is actually normal procedure.

"It's normal operating procedures for these regular stations to occasionally vent natural gas to protect it's system," said Terry Dedoes, a spokesman with Consumers Energy.

Dedoes also says cold temperatures change the pressure inside their gas tanks, which allows natural gas to escape.

"The valve was opening and closing and that would make the noise that, some residents would find annoying," Dedoes said.

Brown says she found it a little more than annoying.

"It concerned me to the point that I actually moved for the home for fear of that thing blowing up," she says.

Consumers says there's no guarantee it won't happen again. They say the natural gas is non-toxic and the amount that leaked from the regulator station this week was not enough to build up and cause any harm.

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