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Propane leak in Sea Pines prompts evacuation

Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division crews evacuated the area around Baynard Peninsula in Sea Pines on Tuesday after a propane tank being removed by a contractor began to leak, according to a division spokeswoman.

Crews arrived at 7 Baynard Peninsula at about 12:15 p.m. and evacuated the area until the pressure subsided and the tank could be plugged to stop the leak, Fire Marshal Joheida Fister said.

The relief valve was plugged and the leak stopped within a few minutes. Crews continued to conduct air monitoring for about 45 minutes to ensure the levels were safe for residents and contractors to return to the area, she said.