William & Mary Building Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

October 22, 2010

An underground gas leak prompted the temporary evacuation of the William and Mary Law School and a graduate student housing complex Thursday.

Williamsburg Fire Department spokesman Eric Stone tells the "Daily Press of Newport News" that a contractor who was cleaning out a drainage main with a boring machine inadvertently struck a natural gas line around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

About 200 students, faculty and staff were evacuated from the law school and a nearby nine-building graduate student housing complex. No injuries or illnesses were reported.

Virginia Natural Gas crews identified the damaged gas line around 3 p.m. and were making repairs.

Stone said the buildings opened back up around 3:45 p.m.

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