Updated: Arlington Road Reopens After Gas Leak

An early afternoon gas leak caused the road closure and some business evacuations Tuesday, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services said.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Arlington Road in Bethesda has reopened and nearby businesses are cleared for re-entry after a Tuesday afternoon gas leak forced Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services to clear the area.

MCFRS was dispatched around 12 p.m. to Arlington Road in Bethesda where a construction worker punctured a 2-inch gas line, according to MCFRS spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. Several businesses were evacuated and Arlington Road was closed as fire rescue workers monitored gas levels near the old Bethesda Post Office, Patch reported.

Washington Gas officials were called to the scene and crews completed repairs on the punctured line around 1:30 p.m., Nesselt said. Traffic was detoured around the area with Arlington Road closed from Bethesda Avenue to Bradley Boulevard. Traffic was "significantly impacted in the area," she said. 

The showroom at the EuroMotorCars at 7020 Arlington Rd. was among the businesses being evacuated, Nesselt said.

There was no immediate danger to residents and no one was injured, Nesselt said.


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