A major road in Cockeysville was closed for several hours yesterday, and 20 homes were evacuated after construction equipment punctured a natural gas main, Baltimore County fire officials said.
The leak in a 2-inch gas line near Cranbrook and Sorley roads was reported shortly after 10 a.m., officials said. Cranbrook Road was closed for several hours in both directions between Sorley Road and Greenside Drive, police said.
Representatives of the county's Office of Emergency Management were at the scene to assist residents.
Fire officials initially said that three people were to be taken to hospitals, but they later said that those people refused treatment at the scene.
Students at nearby Cockeysville Middle School were kept in the building while Baltimore Gas and Electric workers dealt with the gas leak, but classes continued as scheduled, said schools spokesman Charles A. Herndon.
Officials also called parents to warn them that classes might be dismissed late if the building was forced to remain closed longer, but the school was able to dismiss students on time, he said.
By 3 p.m., the damage was repaired, the road was reopened and residents were able to return to their homes.