A natural gas leak on Main Street in Springfield's South End neighborhood forced firefighters and police to close a portion of the roadway and evacuate about 100 people from businesses and apartments on Tuesday morning.
Emergency crews responded to 727 Main St. at about 11:20 a.m. for the report of the gas leak.
Springfield police closed Main Street in the area of Fremont and Loring streets while crews worked to repair the leak.
Employees at Dillon's Liquors and City Zone Supermarket in addition to residents of the Northern Heights apartment building at 769 Main St. were evacuated by the Springfield Fire Department.
Andrea Luppi, a spokesperson for Columbia Gas, said a construction worker was doing demolition work in a vacant building when he struck the line.
Luppi said crews will have to dig up Main Street in order to shut down the gas line. Residents and employees will be allowed back into their buildings after the line is shut down and the gas has dissipated.
Main Street was reopened by mid afternoon.
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