- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Officials say a roadway has reopened after a major gas leak in Newport News.

Media outlets report the leak shut down Chestnut Avenue for about three hours Monday afternoon.

Fire department spokesman Battalion Chief Stephen Pincus says workers were installing a new gas line and struck an existing gas main in the area.

Officials were notified around 3:10 p.m. and fire crew arrived to find that a major gas leak ensued.

Pincus say the area remained closed as Virginia Natural Gas workers dug several additional access holes in order to locate, isolate and control the leak.

The incident took place during dismissal for Booker T. Washington Middle School, but did not cause any significant issues.

No injuries were reported. The road reopened shortly after 6 p.m.

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