Kingston: Gas leak closes roads, evacuates neighborhood

A leaking gas main that evacuated a Kingston neighborhood, and shut down a wide section of roads, has been shut off, according to fire officials.

NStar was able to shut off the gas main just after 1 p.m., but the roads closed nearby were not be opened again until early evening.

A wide section of the area surrounding a gas leak in Kingston was evacuated, and nearby roads shut down as emergency crews from around the South Shore responded to the scene.

Kingston Fire Chief Robert Heath said that approximately 200 people were evacuated from buildings in the area.

Heath said they received a call just after 10 a.m. Friday that an work crew struck installing a new gas line had struck the existing gas main at the intersection of Rt. 106, Evergreen Street and Rt. 27. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large leak of natural gas, and the response was escalated to a second and third alarm for manpower. Officials were not able to shut the gas main off for hours, while natural gas flowed out into the neighborhood.

There were no injuries. Areas evacuated are from the intersection of Routes 106 and 27 for approximately ½ mile up Route 27 heading west, ½ mile heading west on Route 106 and Evergreen and Pilgrim Street area. The emergency shelter was activated at the Kingston Elementary School in the event that the evacuees had no place to go.

By 3:30 p.m. Friday evacuees were allowed back into the buildings.

Halifax, Plymouth, Pembroke, Duxbury and Carver emergency crews were called to assist.

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