Emergency crews are on the scene of a gas leak at Smith Co. Jail - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Natural gas leak downtown Tyler has been capped

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 City of Tyler Fire Department:

UPDATE 2:35 p.m. (KYTX) - Traffic in downtown Tyler is now back to normal after a gas leak caused the area to be blocked off around noon. Fire Marshal Jim Seaton tells CBS19 CenterPoint Energy gave the all-clear that it was safe to open up the streets and for vehicles to travel by the jail site.

The initial call was received at 12:07 p.m. at the new Smith County Jail construction site when a construction crew contacted a 4-inch gas line while digging, causing it to rupture. Along with the Tyler Fire Department, officers with the Tyler Police Department and representatives with CenterPoint Energy were on-scene throughout the incident. 

Air monitoring was conducted in the area and the atmosphere was deemed safe for area residents, workers, and visitors. 

Area streets were blocked off while personnel worked to repair the line. 

CenterPoint Energy crews successfully stopped the leak at approximately 1:30 p.m.  Work at the site has resumed and there were no reported injuries.

UPDATE: (KYTX) - Gas leak downtown Tyler has been capped. Any residual odor should dissipate soon according to Adrienne Hampton with Smith County.

TYLER (KYTX) - A gas line at the Smith County Jail construction site has been hit.

Scanner traffic reports the "substantial" natural gas leak is at Erwin Street and Broadway.

Officials on scene tell KYTX CBX 19 that during construction, a 4-inch gas main was hit. Due to the direction of the wind blowing, the courthouse has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Erwin and Spring Streets have been blocked off to traffic as CenterPoint Energy works to repair the leak.

Scanner traffic indicates emergency responders are blocking off a two-block radius.

Adrienne Hampton with Smith County tells CBS 19 anyone with jury duty for today is released because of the gas leak.

KYTX CBS 19 has a crew en route and will bring more information as it becomes available.

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