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Gas Line Break Under Control, Did Not Pose Signficant Danger

A landscaper broke the line while working at a home on Newton Street.

This morning's natural gas line break at 201 Newton St., did not lead to any evacuations in the area and was quickly under control, according to the Weston Fire Department.

Fire Chief David Soar said it appeared that a landscaper digging up a tree struck the gas line around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Soar said the landscaper notified the gas company, and a neighbor smelled gas and phoned the Weston Fire Department.

The Weston Police Department provided traffic support for Newton Street, which remained open as gas company employees worked to shut off the curbside gas valve feeding the broken line.

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Fire Capt. Dwight Robertson said the break occurred about 30 feet from any structures, and shutting off the curbside valve would likely affect only one or two homes.

Soar said the biggest concern upon responding was that firefighters could not immediately locate the end of the pipe. While natural gas generally travels upward and dissipates, there is the possibility that it can back up in the pipes and enter homes. For that reason, firefighters checked the gas levels inside nearby homes, but Soar said all the readings were normal.

The gas company will repair the broken line and, Soar said, he expects gas service to restored to those couple of affected homes within a few hours.

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