Emergency crews close downtown streets after gas leak at Winnipeg construction site

Emergency crews blocked off a number of downtown streets after reports of a gas leak in the area early Monday night.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Crews were called shortly after 5:30 to look into reports of a gas leak near Broadway and Donald Street, according an email from a city spokesperson. Police said a construction crew hit a gas line in the area.

Fire crews confirmed gas was venting safely into the surrounding environment, a spokesperson said.

Manitoba Hydro sent crews to investigate. A spokesperson said someone reported hearing what sounded like gas blowing near the site.

Marie Bodnar said she was working in the area when she saw what happened. 

Marie Bodnar said she was working downtown when she saw the gas pipe break. (Submitted by Marie Bodnar)

“It looks like the bucket hit a gas pipe and it’s been noise and flying debris ever since,” she said. “You can see the gas coming out of the hole. It’s not just the smell, it’s visual too.” 

Traffic was closed in both directions on Broadway between Smith Street and Donald Street but reopened shortly before 8 p.m.

Southbound Donald Street between York and Broadway was also closed for a time.

Hydro crews shut off the gas line around 7:30 p.m. Crews continued to work on the damaged line into the evening, though emergency personnel were gone before 8 p.m.

Occupants of nearby buildings that were evacuated as a precaution have been allowed to return, according to the city.

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