Gas leak shutters buildings near White House

Fire authorities are on the scene of a gas leak on 15th Street, near the White House. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
Fire authorities are on the scene of a gas leak on 15th Street, near the White House. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS) (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
The gas leak happened in a building under construction. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS) (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
A wide area was closed to pedestrian traffic while authorities took care of a gas leak near the White House. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS) (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
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Fire authorities are on the scene of a gas leak on 15th Street, near the White House. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

Several buildings near the White House were evacuated Tuesday morning because of a gas leak, according to authorities.

The leak happened inside a building under renovation on the 700 block of 15th Street Northwest near Pennsylvania Avenue, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Readings dropped to normal levels around 11 a.m. and authorities are ventilating the affected buildings.

Fire officials say the leak was likely caused by construction and they’re working with Washington Gas to repair it.

There is no word on when repairs might end.

Pennsylvania Avenue remains closed between 15th and 17th streets Northwest.

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