Montgomery College Germantown campus reopening after gas leak

Montgomery County firefighters repsonding to a large gas leak on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
Montgomery County firefighters responding to a large gas leak on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

A team of some 45 firefighters and a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (WTOP/Kristi King)
About 65 firefighters including a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (WTOP/Kristi King)

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About 45 firefighters and a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
About 65 firefighters including a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

The 4-inch high-pressure natural gas line ruptured in front of the science building in a construction area. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
The 4-inch high-pressure natural gas line ruptured in front of the science building in a construction area. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

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Montgomery County firefighters repsonding to a large gas leak on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
A team of some 45 firefighters and a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (WTOP/Kristi King)
About 45 firefighters and a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
The 4-inch high-pressure natural gas line ruptured in front of the science building in a construction area. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

WASHINGTON — Classes at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College will resume at 5 p.m. after a large gas leak prompted several buildings and hundreds of students to be evacuated Monday morning.

In a tweet, the college said access is available to campus buildings but business operations such as registration and financial aid are closed.

Students who left belongings on campus before the evacuation can retrieve them at the campus security office in the Science and Applied Studies Building, the college said.

A 4-inch high-pressure natural gas line burst in front of the college’s science building about 9:45 a.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said.

Several buildings on the campus were evacuated, including the child care center. Overall, as many as 1,000 students and staff were evacuated from the campus, Piringer said.

About 65 firefighters, including a HAZMAT team responded to the gas leak, which was under control by about 11 a.m. when the gas company reduced pressure and shut off gas to several campus buildings.

The gas line appears to have been struck by machinery in a construction area, Piringer said.

“Presumably, it was struck by a backhoe, which is typically the case,” he said.

WTOP’s Kristi King and Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

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