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U.S. 17 lanes in North Myrtle Beach reopening after gas leak

Police in North Myrtle Beach are reopening all lanes of U.S. 17 between Second Avenue North and Eighth Avenue North. The lanes had been closed briefly because of a gas leak, according to the city's spokesman Patrick Dowling. The leak happened when a construction crew working in the 500 block of U.S. 17 struck the line and broke it, Dowling said. He said people were evacuated from several stores in the area as a precaution. Officials from South Carolina Electric and Gas responded to the problem, he said.