Main Street Closed Due to Gas Leak

Update: Main Street is back open.

Happy first day of classes! Hoping to hit up Javapalooza for a post-class chill sesh? Not today. WTNH, along with Middletown Patch and other sources, is reporting that a gas leak has shut down our beloved Main Street. Here’s WTNH:

Main Street in Middletown is shut down due to a gas leak.

Officials from Yankee Gas say a construction crew accidentally broke a gas line in a business near Main and Court Streets.

Police tell News 8 several streets in the area are also closed while crews are on the scene.

The Middletown Police and Fire Departments are reportedly at the scene. We’ll update this as more rolls in. Photos via Middletown Patch.
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Update: The street has been reopened. According to Middletown Patch, the incident was caused when someone hung suits on a gas line at Ramani’s Clothier:

Just before 2:30 p.m., police received a call on a gas leak in the Ramani’s Clothiers building at 308 Court Street and immediately closed Main from Washington to College Street to traffic.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kronenberger said one of the staff members had unknowingly hung a number of suits on a gas line and the weight caused the line to break at Ramiani’s, which is going out of business.

“They’re getting ready to close, so they hung a bunch of suits off the gas line and the gas line snapped,” he explained. “There was no outdoor shut-off so we had to wait for Yankee Gas to get there and shut everything down.”

[WTNH]