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Posted at 3:28 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Mass. Ave. reopens after gas leak

By Washington Post editors

Employees of the Cato Institute were sent home early Wednesday 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 3:15 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. It has been reopened.

Mass. Ave. building evacuated for gas leak
2:04 p.m.

D.C. Fire and EMS say they have evacuated a building at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW while they investigate a natural gas leak.

Massachusetts Avenue between 9th and 11th streets NW has been closed.

By Washington Post editors  | January 19, 2011; 3:28 PM ET
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