Streets closed, buildings evacuated after Boston gas leak

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston Police is responding to the report of a gas leak in Boston near Government City Hall Plaza.

Court, Somerset and Sudbury Streets are all closed as Boston Police continue to investigate a gas leak.

Boston Fire Department said in a tweet that contractors hit a six inch line that caused the gas leak and are evacuating buildings at 40 Court Street and 10 Tremont Street as a precaution.

Those three buildings had significantly high gas readings that officials determined were unsafe.

Six street-level businesses were impacted as well.

Work crews spent hours capping the leak, then ventilating local buildings.

Tremont Street was re-opened, but many of the evacuated buildings were still not habitable for workers.

From the City of Boston, a traffic advisory:

The City of Boston Transportation Department is asking drivers to please avoid Court Street in Government Center due to ongoing traffic complications from the closure of Tremont Street. Vehicles turning right onto Court Street from Congress Street are not currently allowed to turn left onto Tremont Street.  Instead, vehicles are being detoured right onto Cambridge Street in the direction toward Massachusetts General Hospital. Cambridge Street in the direction towards Tremont Street remains closed to traffic at Sudbury Street. Traffic is heavier than usual on Congress Street and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.



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