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Gas shut off following leak at UMass, Amherst campus

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Thing are returning back to normal Tuesday night as crews were able to contain a gas leak at UMass, Amherst.

The leak did cause evacuations on the campus.

The effects of the leak turned out to be less of an impact than officials had expected, however more than a dozen still remain without gas services.

It happened around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon after a contractor struck the line at the intersection of Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenue.

"It was leaking through various attempts to control it," said Donald McKay, assistant Amherst fire chief.

Several roads throughout campus were blocked off.

"It was more dangerous than I thought. We thought it was a first 4 inch gas line turns out it was a 6 inch line," McKay said. 

Which is why officials prompted evacuations of the Southwest dormitory cluster and the Whitmore Administration building.

"The gas concentrations were affective lay moving in a pretty good wind so they weren't threatening a lot of buildings further away," McKay said. 

Some four hours later the school's emergency alert system rang out an "all clear" after Berkshire gas company shut off the gas.

They say repairs to the busted gas line were completed around 6:30, leaving only 16 customers without service.

It still may be some time until those customers get their service back as Berkshire Gas Co. has to individually check their gas meters before they can turn the gas back on.

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