A gas leak triggered by a vehicle collision brought road closures and heavy emergency services presence to Northwest D.C. this evening. D.C. Fire and EMS, Washington Gas, and Metro PD were on the scene in Brightwood Park after several 911 calls were made reporting the gas smell.
The incident occurred when a vehicle struck the gas meter of a “mixed occupancy building” in the evening on December 12th, according to tweets from DC Fire and EMS.
Box Alarm with Hazmat 600 block Kennedy St NW. Vehicle struck gas meter of mixed occupancy building. Have gas readings inside several structures. Some evacuations. Protective hose line operating on leak. No fire. Shutting utilities adjacent buildings. @washingtongas on scene. pic.twitter.com/LdaNXjrvC8
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) December 13, 2022
Emergency services blocked off the area surrounding 7th to 5th Street and Kennedy Northwest and were on scene for approximately two hours. Washington Gas mandated that the surrounding structures also be evacuated due to significant gas readings in the area. There have been no reported injuries to residents or emergency services staff.
Fire and EMS, along with Washington Gas and Metro PD, were called to the scene after a vehicle struck a building’s gas meter, according to tweets. Emergency services evacuated three residents from a 600 block of Kennedy Street NW building and told several other residents to shelter in place.
The three evacuees from the initial incident location have since been able to return to their residences after emissions returned to “zero, normal limits,” according to Battalion Fire Chief Louis Carter.
“We’ve turned the incident over to Washington Gas,” said Carter, as fire engines, a Fire Department HAZMAT vehicle, and several police cruisers pulled away from the scene.
Washington Gas had since started jackhammering on the sidewalk near the entrance to the building where the damaged gas meter was initially hit. Carter confirmed that Washington Gas would likely not have to fully excavate in the street to contain the gas leak as they originally thought.
Carter said the gas company would be on the scene for several more hours excavating and doing critical repairs to the damaged gas meter overnight. He said they’ve “secured the leaks, and now they’re making a repair to the damaged meter.”
Washington Gas operates a gas leak emergency line for incidents like this and other gas leaks, and urges Washington residents to use their number or dial 911 if they suspect any kind of gas leak.