Evacuated Residents Allowed to Return

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency and Escambia Operating Company report a gas well leaking hydrogen sulfide has been stopped and the well is secure.

Officials say the air quality has been monitored during the past 36 hours, and it's safe for residents to return to their homes and all the evacuated residents have returned to their homes.

A 1-mile radius around the site was evacuated July 19.

Hydrogen sulfide is a poisonous, flammable gas which gives off the smell of rotten eggs. It can deaden a person’s sense of smell so a potential victim may be unaware of its presence.

Escambia Operating Co., LLC says it is launching an investigation to determine the cause of the leak. The company says cleanup will begin as soon as possible.

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