Wareham Gas Leak Causes Businesses to Evacuate
WAREHAM — Part of Cranberry Highway was reportedly closed to traffic and businesses evacuated this afternoon after a construction crew struck a gas line in the road, causing a leak of natural gas.
According to a statement from the Onset Fire Department, the leak has now been mitigated.
At around 12:16 p.m. on Tuesday, a Wareham Police detail officer working at 3065 Cranberry Highway radioed the Onset Fire Department to report a construction crew working on the road had struck a gas line.
Fire crews responded and found that a high-pressure gas line was releasing vapors.
The statement noted that multiple hand lines were put into use to suppress the vapors and protect nearby businesses, which had all been evacuated out of precaution.
National Grid was called to the scene and fixed the leak.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
Onset Fire Department was assisted by Wareham and Bourne Fire Departments.
The cause of the accident is under investigation but appears to be accidental at this time.