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Ruptured gas line near King Street and Damon Road in Northampton shuts down businesses, power, backs up traffic

  • A group of workers address a gas line rupture near the intersection of King Street and Damon Road in Northampton at the site of the former Kollmorgen plant, where new construction is underway. The rupture was reported at about to police at about 1 p.m. Businesses shut down and power was out along parts of King Street. Traffic was rerouted and caused traffic to back up.JERREY ROBERTS

    A group of workers address a gas line rupture near the intersection of King Street and Damon Road in Northampton at the site of the former Kollmorgen plant, where new construction is underway. The rupture was reported at about to police at about 1 p.m. Businesses shut down and power was out along parts of King Street. Traffic was rerouted and caused traffic to back up.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • A Northampton Police cruiser blocks traffic on King Street at Barrett Street Thursday afternoon due to a gas line rupture on the street near the intersection of Damon Road.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    A Northampton Police cruiser blocks traffic on King Street at Barrett Street Thursday afternoon due to a gas line rupture on the street near the intersection of Damon Road.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northbound traffic on King Street in Northampton was rerouted down Barrett Street Thursday due to a gas leak on King Street near Damon Road.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Northbound traffic on King Street in Northampton was rerouted down Barrett Street Thursday due to a gas leak on King Street near Damon Road.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • BOB DUNN<br/>The scene at the intersection of Damon Road and King Street in Northampton where a gas line ruptured today (Oct 10, 2013) around 1 p.m.

    BOB DUNN
    The scene at the intersection of Damon Road and King Street in Northampton where a gas line ruptured today (Oct 10, 2013) around 1 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • A group of workers address a gas line rupture near the intersection of King Street and Damon Road in Northampton at the site of the former Kollmorgen plant, where new construction is underway. The rupture was reported at about to police at about 1 p.m. Businesses shut down and power was out along parts of King Street. Traffic was rerouted and caused traffic to back up.JERREY ROBERTS
  • A Northampton Police cruiser blocks traffic on King Street at Barrett Street Thursday afternoon due to a gas line rupture on the street near the intersection of Damon Road.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Northbound traffic on King Street in Northampton was rerouted down Barrett Street Thursday due to a gas leak on King Street near Damon Road.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • BOB DUNN<br/>The scene at the intersection of Damon Road and King Street in Northampton where a gas line ruptured today (Oct 10, 2013) around 1 p.m.

The gas rupture was reported to police shortly after 1 p.m. The gas was shut off at about 2:10 p.m. No injuries were reported, according to the Northampton police and fire departments, which were on the scene along with Columbia Gas.

An official for the Northampton Fire Department said a 6-inch line ruptured somewhere at or near the old Kollmorgen site, where TommyCar Auto Group is constructing a pair of new car dealerships. The working theory, police said, is the line was damaged during excavation.

The work at the site is being done by South Hadley-based Associated Builders. Attempts to reach a company representative for comment were unsuccessful.

Businesses along King Street from around CVS to Baystate Health were shut down and evacuated as a precaution. The section of King Street was closed to traffic shortly after the rupture was reported to police.

According to statements from Mayor David Narkewicz, repairs were underway to the gas line, King Street was reopened to traffic and power was being restored to the area by about 4:30 p.m. Also around this time, people who had been evacuated from businesses were allowed to return, according to the fire department.

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