Mass. Ave. NW reopens
3:15 p.m. Update: Cato employees were sent home early after authorities discovered a gas leak in the basement of the think tank's building, according to D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer.
Piringer said crews traced the leak to a basement utility room. Emergency officials, Pepco and Washington Gas all responded to the situation, which was resolved about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Piringer said. The incident began about 1 p.m.
"After a while it was determined that the best course of action was just to let people go home," Piringer said.
Massachusetts Avenue NW was blocked from Ninth to 11th streets while crews responded to the emergency.
Original post: D.C. emergency officials are investigating a gas leak at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, which is the home of the Cato Institute. Massachusetts Avenue is closed between Ninth and 11th streets NW.
According to authorities, the building has been evacuated as a precaution. Expect traffic issues in the area, which is already congested due to an ongoing expansion at the think tank and the nearby construction of a hotel across Ninth Street from the Washington Convention Center.
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