Businesses, buildings evacuated in Williamsburg after gas main break

A massive gas main break in Williamsburg caused the evacuation of several buildings Saturday night, displacing residents and disrupting plans for those enjoying a night out.



The incident happened on 7th Street, where those nearby say they could hear the sound of the high pressure gas.



Officials say a call came in around 5:15 p.m. of high pressure gas rupturing from the street.



National Grid says a third party contractor struck the main, causing three of the buildings on the street to be evacuated.



The company started repairs immediately.



The Office of Emergency Management responded to the scene. Many businesses were given the all-clear Saturday night, but it is unclear whether all nearby residents have been allowed to return to their homes.


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