Jackson County

Gas leak forces evacuation at Northrop Grumman

A propane gas leak discovered just before lunch today at the Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula caused the company to send 1,300 workers home as a precaution.

Bill Glenn, a spokesman for the company, said workers were making improvements at the yard and taking corrective actions as the result of an incident that occurred in the shipyard two weeks ago when they discovered the propylene leak.

It was on the dock near the amphibious transport ship Arlington (LPD 24). Workers on that ship were sent home.

"There was no fire, no injuries and there was no damage to the facility or nearby ships," Glenn said. He said the workers were sent home, "as a precautionary measure, and to ensure repair crews had access to the area."

The workers that had been onboard the LPD 24 were sent home for the remainder of their shift. Repair work is expected to be complete by the end of the day and all second shifts employees working on LPD 24 should report to work as scheduled, Glenn said.