Gas leak closes portion of Trade Street in uptown, prompts evacuations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Emergency officials have reopened a busy road in uptown Charlotte after a gas line was cut early Thursday morning.

Around 8 a.m., firefighters had to block West Trade Street between Cedar Street and Graham Street.

Reporter Gina Esposito could see police and fire personnel blocking off the road. Alarms were set off in nearby buildings, and residents could be seen evacuating.

We first updated WSOCTV news app users with a notification just after 8 a.m. Thursday about the gas leak and to avoid the area.

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Piedmont Natural Gas officials told Channel 9 that a 2-inch gas line was accidentally cut by a construction crew but that the leak has been "made safe."

Nobody was hurt, officials said, and the road was reopened just after 9:15 a.m.

One lane remains closed because of the construction.

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