Gas Leak in 3800 Block of North Leavitt Brings Out Haz-Mat Unit

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gas leak on North Leavitt. Credit: Mike Fourcher

According to the Chicago Fire Department, a backhoe nicked a gas line, causing a Level 1 Haz-mat situation this afternoon in the 3800 block of North Leavitt.

On the scene, CSJ‘s Mike Fourcher reported that the stretch of Leavitt near Grace had been closed to traffic, gas could be smelled blocks away and bystanders were being shooed from the site.

“It took about two and a half hours for the gas company to respond and shut it down,” said the CFD spokesman.

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