Gas leak causes evacuations in New Haven

(WTNH/ Kent Pierce)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–  Two New Haven streets were evacuated after a high pressure gas line ruptured this morning.

The New Haven Fire Department says the gas leak happened in the area of Mansfield and Hillside, but has already been stopped.

Buildings on Prospect Street and Mansfield Street were evacuated.

The block is mostly Yale greenhouses. Officials say the contractor was digging to install a new water line under one of those greenhouses

“Struck a 2 inch gas line that was going into the structure. That released quite a bit of gas causing concern for those buildings surrounding it,” said Asst. Chief Ralph Black, New Haven Fire Department.

The fire department tested the air and determined there was no longer a public safety threat.

The gas company now has to replace the damaged pipe


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