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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 1:10 p.m.

Gas leak prompts city response

A Washington Gas employee surveys the scene around the open plate, reportedly the source of a gas leak between 18th and 19th streets. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

A gas leak shut down E Street between 18th and 19th streets Wednesday.

Fire officials used monitors to detect gas coming from a junction box in the sidewalk at the corner of 19th and E streets, one firefighter on the scene said. The junction box contains the underground natural gas pipe,which was identified as the source of the leak, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said.

The D.C. Fire Department arrived on the scene at 10:15 a.m., Piringer said, adding that there were no reported injuries and no evacuations.

A Metropolitan Police officer said he did not know when the leak would be fixed, and “these things often take a long time.” He said the streets would be reopened as soon as Washington Gas resolved the issue.

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