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Gas Leak Stinks Up Senate and Closes Roads

Areas near Hart Senate Office Building affected

A gas leak prompted an evacuation near the Hart Senate Office Building on Friday. (Katherine Tully-McManus/CQ Roll Call)
A gas leak prompted an evacuation near the Hart Senate Office Building on Friday. (Katherine Tully-McManus/CQ Roll Call)

Roads were closed on the Senate side of the Capitol Thursday morning after a construction crew hit a gas line. A strong gas smell blanketed the area, even outside of the road closures. The D.C. Fire department was on the scene to address the leak. 

Capitol Police enforcing the road and sidewalk closures outside of the Hart Senate Office Building said there was not an estimated time for a resolution of the leak.

Road closures include Second Street NE between D Street and East Capitol Street NE and Constitution Ave between First and Third streets NE and Maryland Ave. between 3rd and 1st Street NE.

Capitol Police at the Hart entrance closest to the leak area said that construction workers ran from the leak when the gas line was first hit. 

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