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Gas leak prompts evacuation in Brighton


BRIGHTON, Mass. ( --A gas leak prompted evacuations in Brighton Monday.

Crews responded to the 1800 block of Commonwealth Avenue just before 12:30 p.m. Homes and apartment buildings in the area were evacuated.

The Boston Fire Department Tweeted that a backhoe removing a tree stump in front of 1867 Comm. Ave. hit and ruptured a four-inch gas line.

There were no injuries. Meter readings were negative gas in area buildings.

Gas was still flowing at 1:32 p.m. and National Grid responded to the scene to shut it off.

The outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue was closed from Chiswick Road to Chestnut Hill Ave. The B branch of the MBTA's Green Line was experiencing some delays.