‘Potentially explosive’ gas levels force evacuations in Peabody

PEABODY, MA (WHDH) - Emergency crews in Peabody responded to a gas leak Tuesday afternoon in one of the city’s neighborhoods.

Firefighters said they found “potentially explosive” levels of gas in multiple homes on Bartholemeu Road when they arrived at the scene.

Nearly 20 homes in the area were evacuated while crews worked to determine the origin of the leak. After about 45 minutes, crews isolated the leak and homes with dangerous levels were vented.

Residents have since been allowed back inside their homes.

No injuries were reported.

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