Burglars create potentially explosive situation in Kirkwood - KMOV.com

Burglars create potentially explosive situation in Kirkwood

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KIRKWOOD (KMOV.com) -

There were some tense moments after police and firefighters were called out to a home in the 400 block of Meacham Street in Kirkwood which had a natural gas leak inside.

Neighbors were worried about the potential for an explosion. Martha Anthony told News 4, "The house could have blew up and blew up all of our homes and our children."

Kirkwood police say burglars broke into the home and stole copper piping, even natural gas lines.

Laclede Gas Regional Director of Field Operations Brian Parmentier said, "It was determined the fuel run to the hot water heater, copper tube runs, as well as some water lines in the home."

Neighbors believe the thieves broke in on the evening of Friday, September 9 and gas was building up in the home for 18 hours before it was noticed. Anthony called it a potentially explosive situation

"It was a dangerous situation," she said.

The Kirkwood Fire Department and a technician with Laclede Gas were able to turn off the gas service and vent the home without anyone getting hurt. 

Laclede officials say copper thieves target new home construction and homes that are vacant for extended periods of time. They say the best way to catch copper thieves is to be a nosy neighbor.

"It's important for the neighborhood to keep an eye out for the neighborhood and if they see anything suspicious in regard to odd behavior definitely report it to 911, said Parmentier.

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