Gas smell forces evacuation of downtown BG businesses (updated)

Columbia Gas work to upgrade gas lines in downtown Bowling Green continues into the fall.

Several businesses in the 100 block South Main Street in downtown Bowling Green have been evacuated because of a heavy odor of gas.

They include Coyote Beads, Grounds for Thought, and Lahey Appliance & TV.

(The businesses were back in operation on Friday.)

Owners of all three said Columbia Gas teams were in their stores working on gas lines today.

Laura Wicks, of Grounds for Thought, said that she noticed the smell shortly before 6 p.m.

A Columbia Gas employee was on the scene, and told her and Gayle Walterbach of Coyote Beads that he needed to call in more help to handle the problem.

Both women were complaining of headaches. Patrons from Grounds for Thought were waiting outside both in the front and rear of the businesses.

Columbia Gas is in the process of replacing gassiness throughout the downtown.