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Natural Gas Leak Leads to Road Closure in West Hartford

A contractor hit a small natural gas line on Ballard Drive in West Hartford Thursday morning.

West Hartford Fire Department and CNG respond to a gas leak at Ballard Drive and Asylum Avenue Thursday morning. Courtesy photo (taken after the gas was shut off)

By Ronni Newton

A contractor working on Ballard Drive near the intersection of Asylum Avenue in West Hartford Thursday morning ruptured a small gas line, Fire Chief Greg Priest said.

Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) have also responded and are on the scene.

“The gas has been shut off, but there is still significant activity in the area,” Priest said.

Several homes in the area were temporarily evacuated, but there were no injuries and Priest said that all individuals have been accounted for.

The roadway will be closed at the intersection of Ballard Drive and Asylum for several more hours while repairs are being made.

Residents will be permitted to return to their homes shortly, Priest said just before 10 a.m., but crews will be on the scene.

“The fire department is working with CNG for a speedy resolution to the incident. To allow responders to work safely, please avoid the area,” Priest said.

There may be a lingering odor of natural gas in the area for some time, Priest said, and since Thursday’s winds are from the south those in the area of Albany Avenue may smell gas.

“Feel free to call the fire department,” he said, if you are concerned about the smell of gas outdoors. If you smell gas inside, Priest said to call 911 immediately.

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