Ben Fogletto

ATLANTIC CITY — A gas leak at the site of a former gas station disrupted traffic Friday afternoon around the circle at the World War I Memorial.

Deputy Fire Chief Vincent Granese said workers were doing remediation near the intersection of Albany Avenue and O’Donnell Parkway when they struck a gas line.

Granese said the department received a call at 2:06 p.m. after an environmental company had struck a 1-inch natural gas line. Authorities set up a perimeter around the leak, leading to the closing of Albany Avenue for about a half hour.

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Several buildings to the north of the site were evacuated while the line was capped, he said.

No injuries were reported, Granese said.

By 3:40 p.m., the intersection had reopened with just one turning lane closed, and fire officials had cleared the scene.

Dan Lockwood, a public relations manager for South Jersey Gas, said about 20 people had to be evacuated from nearby buildings after a contractor struck a stubbed line at a corner there. A stubbed line is one that used to feed a location but has since been capped and deactivated, he said.

“Our crews are on scene making repairs. I’m not sure who the contractor was performing the work and what the work involved exactly. It wasn’t related to any SJG project,” Lockwood said in a written statement.


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