WAREHAM — Businesses were evacuated and a highway closed for nearly an hour this morning in Wareham as fire crews responded to a leaking gas main.

Crews from the Wareham Fire Department were called out to the leak near Atlantic Boats off the Cranberry Highway at around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

According to a release from the department, a gas main had been struck by excavation workers, with the ruptured line actively blowing gas and creating a situation officials described as "very hazardous."

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Firefighters evacuated nearby buildings, secured power to the area, and prepared to respond to a fire if necessary by tying into a nearby hydrant.

Wareham Police also closed the highway in the area, and EMS responded with an ambulance crew on standby.

 

 

Gas company representatives were able to secure the leak within 30 minutes, and Assistant Chief John Kelley declared the situation under control shortly thereafter.

The area was monitored for residual gas, but the scene was cleared within the hour, with the last units leaving at 9:13 a.m.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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