Delaware Memorial Bridge reopens after Sunday shutdown

This photo provided by the Delaware River and Bay Authority shows traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Pennsville Township, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. A gas leak has shut down the Delaware Memorial Bridge in both directions. (Delaware River and Bay Authority via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Delaware Memorial Bridge is reopen after several hours of being shut down Sunday evening due to a nearby chemical leak.

Drivers returning to the Washington, D.C. area from the Northeast faced a challenge when the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River near Philadelphia and New Jersey, was shut down.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twitter accounts began alerting travelers to the closures in both directions just after 5 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The shutdown was in response to reports of a gas leak at a nearby chemical plant, according to a number of Delaware-based news organizations.

WDEL posted a story saying that the Croda plant in New Castle, Delaware began leaking a toxic, flammable chemical called ethylene oxide. The plant asked local authorities to close the bridge while the leak was contained.

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