Gas Leak Closes Highway 119 Near Longmont

Emergency personnel have closed Colorado Highway 119 outside of Longmont due to a natural gas leak.

Colorado Department of Transportation announced that the highway reopened to traffic shortly before 4 p.m.

Mountain View Fire District deputy chief Steve Pischke said fire crews closed the highway between Weld County roads 1 and 3. The closure was precautionary and is to keep people out of the area until the leak is contained.

Laurie McConnell, spokeswoman for Mountain View Fire, said that a nearby subdivision was called and issued an emergency notification and to standby for a possible evacuation of the area.

McConnell said a nearby gas station and a car dealership were also evacuated.

A road grader accidentally hit the head off of a natural gas line on Thursday morning, causing the leak, Pischke said.

Xcel Energy spokesman Gabriel Romero said his utility has natural gas lines in the area, however they are not showing any disruptions to their service.

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