A leak on a natural gas line forced the closure Friday afternoon of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's parking lot for people waiting to pick up arriving fliers.

The so-called "cell phone lot" reopened around 8 p.m., officials said. The airport's fire department had responded to the lot just before 3 p.m., and determined a leak along a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. line, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman.

The leak presented "no real hazard to the public or travelers" at the airport, but the lot was closed as BGE crews worked to repair the line, Dean said. Dean said those waiting for loved ones to arrive could park in the hourly lot, which you have to pay to enter, as an alternative.

Airport and airline operations were not affected.

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