More than five dozen firefighters responded to a ruptured gas line in Manhattan, authorities say.
A private contractor using a backhoe ruptured a 12-inch plastic gas main on West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, the FDNY said. Sixty-five firefighters from 12 units responded.
Buildings were not evacuated but the street intersection and parts of the nearby High Line were briefly evacuated.
A construction worker who was working nearby said he smelled gas from West 28th Street, and saw some evacuations as he started walking toward the site of the main break.
Two buildings are without gas as Con Edison responds to the gas main break. The FDNY was starting to clear out from the scene.