Montreal

Crescent Street reopens following Tuesday gas leak

Crescent Street reopened Tuesday night after a backhoe damaged a major gas line at a Ste-Catherine Street construction site in downtown Montreal, causing a gas leak during the afternoon.

It took work crews about 5 hours to fix leak that forced partial evacuation of street

The gas line was damaged around noon on Tuesday. (Benoît Ducharme/Radio-Canada)

Crescent Street reopened Tuesday night after a backhoe damaged a major gas line at a Ste-Catherine Street construction site in downtown Montreal, causing a gas leak during the afternoon.

The closure was from Ste-Catherine Street to de Maisonneuve Boulevard.

The fire service tweeted around 5 p.m. that the leak which started around noon had been repaired, and the situation was under control. By 9:30 p.m. the street had reopened.

Firefighters were at the scene along with Énergir, a natural gas company.

The accident prompted the evacuation of some buildings along Crescent Street.

A large perimeter was set up around the source of the leak for most of the afternoon.

With files from Radio-Canada