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Columbus Zoo Closes Due To Gas Leak, But No Animals Harmed

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo officials say the zoo will remain closed for the rest of Friday, due to repairs on a gas line inside the main gate.  

A spokesperson for the zoo says no staff nor animals were injured, but the park could not open for the safety of guests. As of Friday afternoon, the gas line had been repaired.

The gas leak happened when a construction worker hit a gas line while using a backhoe to tear down a small food stand.  

“There was never any human or animals in danger," says zoo spokesperson John Gannon. "It became immediately obvious what it was, and the fact that it happened at 7:52, I think. That’s when I got my first phone call, there was just nobody around.”

Zoo officials expect to reopen Saturday morning at 10.

This story will be updated as more information develops.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.