Major Natural Gas Leak Contained, National Grid Works To Restore Gas Service And Pinpoint Cause

Mar 29, 2017

Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation photo of traffic held up by gas leak Wednesday night.
Credit Courtesy of RIDOT

National Grid spokeswoman Danielle Williamson says there is no more active leak from the ruptured natural gas pipe on Allens Avenue. 

That road remained closed as of late Wednesday night, however, while crews work. All other roads, says Williamson, have reopened to traffic and National Grid technicians are working to restore gas service to the 50 customers affected. 

The pipe downtown Providence ruptured Wednesday night, closing I-195 East and West to all traffic while crews worked to contain the leak. Rhode Island State Police tweeted updates throughout the evening, saying Providence Police, National Grid, Rhode Island State Police, and the Providence Fire Department were all on the scene.

No injuries have been reported. But Providence Public Safety officials have asked the public to stay away from Allens Avenue, where the rupture occurred.

Update: Williamson says roughly 50 customers lost service during the leak and technicians have been working on restoring service since early Thursday morning. She says restoring gas takes longer than restoring electricity because there’s no flip of a switch to resume service.

“Technicians have to go to from home to home, business to business and relight appliances that go into the homes or businesses,“ said Williamson.

The leak was repaired around 3:30 Thursday morning and repair technicians have been out since 6 a.m.

Williamson says National Grid is working on pinpointing the malfunction that caused the leak.