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Crews repair gas leak reported near Virginia Tech’s campus

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Gas crews have closed the leak, according to Virginia Tech.

Air handlers within the evacuated buildings will be activated to circulate air, which the university says will take a few hours.

Additional readings will be taken to ensure gas levels are within safe limits.

Buildings that had been closed should be reopened after 4 p.m. today. Parking lots will reopen.

If personal belongings were left in the building as part of the evacuation, please return to Old Turner Street to meet with first responders to be escorted into your building.

Students are being asked to avoid a part of Virginia Tech’s campus due to a gas leak, according to the university’s Twitter account.

Officials say the leak is near Kelly Hall at the intersection of Barger and Stanger Streets.

A VT Alert was issued at 10 a.m. to the Blacksburg university community alerting of the leak.

Out of an abundance of caution, the university evacuating the following buildings:

  • Art and Design Building
  • Durham Hall
  • Femoyer Hall
  • Kelly Hall
  • Major Williams Hall
  • McBryde Hall
  • Military Building
  • Old Security Building
  • Performing Arts Building
  • Shanks Hall

In addition, Barger and Stanger Streets are currently closed to accommodate the response.

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