Two weeks after a gas explosion killed a PGW worker investigating a leak, thieves yesterday morning stripped pipes off a Kensington home, springing a gas leak that prompted panicked authorities to evacuate 11 homes.
PGW received a report of a gas odor on G Street near Clearfield at 7:11 a.m., PGW spokeswoman Melanie McCottry said. Authorities evacuated 15 residents until they deduced that the gas was coming from a vacant house where vandals had ripped out black-iron and copper pipes.
"In [thieves'] attempt to make some cash, they're putting a lot of people at risk," McCottry said.
Residents returned to their homes by 10 a.m.