In late April, a portion of North Worcester Street in Norton, Massachusetts, was closed for over three hours after water department employees discovered a gas line leak, The Sun Chronicle reports.
The leaking fluid came from an old, abandoned gas line, and while water department workers contained the liquid in a pail, safety concerns were a big priority, the source said.
Overall, less than five gallons of chemical leaked from the line, and the appropriate officials were notified to mend the gas line.
The contained chemical was hydraulic oil used in gas lines long ago, and officials were unable to identify the age of the system. Fortunately, no one was injured.
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