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AFR: Gas leak in NE ABQ closes roads

A large gas leak in northeast Albuquerque produced a plume of visible gas and caused some residents to evacuate their homes near Carlisle and Montgomery Tuesday evening. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A large gas leak in Northeast Albuquerque closed several roads in the area and forced some resident to shelter in place Tuesday evening, according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

Montgomery was closed eastbound and westbound between Carlisle and Jefferson just before 8 p.m. and remained closed until about 9:45 p.m., when officers opened a part of the road. Montgomery between Carlisle and Washington was still closed just before 11 p.m.

Several apartment complexes in the area were put on a shelter in place around 8:30 p.m. and people were only allowed to walk back into their homes on foot for several hours. Some residents decided to evacuate as a large visible plume of gas blew westward on Montgomery near Carlisle.

Tom Ruiz, a spokespman for AFR, said natural gas is invisible but the leak was blowing dirt into the air, causing the plumes. He said the leak had been isolated but was still active.

Ruiz expected crews to continue working in the area throughout the night and into Wednesday, and said at least one eastbound lane of Montgomery will likely remain closed into Wednesday morning.

While crews worked to cap the leak, a few people in the area called 911 to report a strange odor, but Ruiz said no one was injured or taken to a hospital.

He said New Mexico Gas is handling the leak.

An officer escorts a man away from a closed street after a large gas leak shut down a northeast neighborhood near Carlisle and Montgomery Tuesday afternoon. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)


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