Gas leak forces shutdown of entire block in downtown Vancouver but no danger

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The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER: Crews upgrading a plaza in downtown Vancouver have ruptured a gas line and closed a major intersection.

Fortis BC spokesman Michael Allison says crews are shutting down the gas supply but there is no danger to any businesses or homes near the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Police say gas is bubbling up through the sidewalk, and Allison says any smell is actually a chemical added to natural gas.

He says it’s not known how many customers are affected, but the art gallery remains open.

“When we do restore service to our customers it does require a technician going door to door or business to business relighting each of those pilot lights for appliances, so that could take some time.”

West Georgia St., a major thoroughfare through the downtown core, has been closed between Burrard and Howe streets.


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