LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - Evacuation orders were lifted after a gas leak in Lynn Monday caused residents to have to leave the area for hours, officials said. 

The Lynn Fire Department in a post on Facebook near 3:15 p.m. said there was an ongoing leak on Orchard Street between Summer Street and Aspen Street. Construction workers had nicked a gas line, according to the Lynn Fire Department.

Crews were working with National Grid to get the gas shut off but the fire department warned “this is going to take some time.”

The fire department said crews had started evacuations close to the site of the gas leak.  Roughly 50 homes were affected.

“If you live in the area and have been asked to evacuate, please do so,” officials said.

Residents said the smell of gas was very strong while they were evacuating.

While evacuations continued, officials said a temporary shelter was being established at the St. Michael’s hall at 25 Elmwood Ave.

SKY7-HD was over the scene earlier Monday afternoon and saw a construction vehicle stopped near an open trench. Firefighters were seen working nearby.

Fire officials said the leak was “capped” as of 5:30 p.m., and that residents were allowed to return to their homes. However, the houses in the area may be without gas for a period of time, officials said.

Residents were warned to keep their windows open and to call 911 immediately if they smell even the faintest scent of gas.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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