Leaking gas line prompts evacuation of block in Wrightwoodon March 30, 2021 at 5:03 pm

A leaking natural gas line prompted a residential block to be evacuated Tuesday morning in the Wrightwood neighborhood.

The leaking gas was noticed after a crew improperly reconnected a gas main after replacing a water main, according to Department of Water Management spokeswoman Megan Vidis.

A hazardous materials incident was called at 7:20 a.m. in the 2800 block of West 81st Street, according to Chicago police. The entire block was evacuated, police said.

The incident was later “secured” without injuries, Chicago fire department spokesman Larry Langford said.

A spokesperson for Peoples Gas didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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