updated: Gas leak shuts down East Liberty and South Division streets in Ann Arbor
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com
A gas leak on East Liberty Street has caused Ann Arbor firefighters to close down the area near the Google building, according to police.
DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said the leak was caused by a contractor working the area that hit a six-inch steel gas main running through the area.
DTE crews were still in the area working to get the gas shut off so repairs to the gas main, which puts out 10 pounds of pressure, could be made, Austerberry said.
There was no estimate on how long that work would take, Austerberry said, speaking just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Liberty Street was closed on either side of Division Street with one fire truck blocking traffic near Thompson Street and another blocking traffic just west of the Division Street intersection. Division Street was also shut down south of Liberty Street.
The McKinley Town Centre at the intersection of Division and Liberty was being evacuated, according to dispatchers.
Police and fire officials were not able to immediately comment on the situation as they were in the process of responding to the gas leak just before 5 p.m. Thursday.
Pedestrians were still allowed to walk through the area Thursday evening.
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