South Virginia Back Open After Gas Leak

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RENO, NV - South Virginia Street is back open at Peckham Lane after a gas leak Wednesday morning.

NV Energy says a four-inch gas main was hit during a construction dig. The city of Reno confirms a construction crew working next to the sidewalk on South Virginia Street across from Burlington Coat Factory broke the line. Reno police assisted the Reno Fire Department by closing traffic to the area from all directions at South Virginia Street, Peckham Lane and McCarran Boulevard.

Crews shut the line off within about half an hour of the 9AM incident.

Reno Battallion Chief Steve Leighton said, “The wind was on our side. We turned off the HVAC systems in the Reno Town Mall, Wells Fargo Bank, Reno Sparks Convention Center and Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) offices to stop fumes from the natural gas leak from entering the buildings. We also used air monitoring equipment.”

There were no reports of health problems. NV Energy reports service has been restored to the area.

NV Energy is reminding anyone who digs as part of a construction project to call 811 to get information about how to stay away from gas mains and other power sources.