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Officials reopen streets downtown after gas leak disrupts traffic

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 6/22/2021 Catherine Marfin, The Dallas Morning News
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Updated at 6 p.m.: Revised to include more information from officials.

A gas leak that disrupted traffic downtown Tuesday afternoon was fixed about three hours later and blocked-off streets were reopened, officials said.

Dallas Fire-Rescue’s hazmat unit responded to the scene about 12:15 p.m. in the 1700 block of Elm Street, near Ervay and Akard streets, after a construction crew hit a 4-inch natural gas line, fire spokesman Jason Evans said.

Press Box Grill at 1623 Main St. was evacuated after people inside noticed the smell of gas, Evans said. Crews confirmed that Press Box Grill was the only building the leak affected.

A second business nearby was also evacuated later in the operation, Evans said.

Dallas police said repairs would take several hours as Atmos Energy crews worked with the city to resolve the problem.

By about 3:40 p.m., technicians had addressed the leak and the roads near Elm Street and South St. Paul Street, as well as at northbound Ervay at Main Street, were reopened, Evans said.

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