GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - A gas leak closed several streets near the new Greenfield High School construction site on Tuesday.
It took crews from Berkshire Gas Company about five hours to patch the leak by replacing the piece of pipe that had burst.
At 7:43 a.m. Tuesday firefighters and police responded to a gas leak off of Silver Street. An excavator had been digging at the construction site for the new Greenfield High School and struck a 4 inch gas pipe.
Robert Yount, a construction worker on the site at the time of the leak, told 22News he saw the gas stream up into the sky. "We were hanging steel and the excavator was digging across the road from us and hit a gas line and the gas line burst, and they evacuated the premises."
Firefighters were able to douse the gases spewing up from the pipe with water and told 22News the weather helped with a slight breeze taking away some of the fumes.
Silver street was blocked from Davis Street to Federal Street, but no evacuations of the surrounding areas were ordered.
Pauline Jensen was sitting in the back of her house across the street when she smelled the leaking gas, and authorities were in her house within minutes. "Fire department and police, and they're all blocking off the roads, and coming house to house with their little radar and checking the gas levels in our basement and in the house to make sure they didn't have to evacuate us."
Jim Johnston, of Greenfield said, "Yea I didn't light up a cigarette that's for sure. I mean I wanted one but I could smell the gas in the air to by the way."