Mass Ave blockaded in front of Whitmore Building
Amherst and UMass police have blocked off roads in and around the UMass ROTC building off Commonwealth and Mass Avenue for a large gas leak, while AFD Engine 1 and Engine 4 are pumping water.
APD closed off Sunset Avenue by Southwest Towers
At 4:00 PM Dispatch toned out for "all AFD personnel report to your stations" as the explosive situation, which was first reported around 1:50 PM, was still not under control.
AFD Engine 1 laying a water line at Berkshire Gas request near UMass ROTC building
A large backhoe tries to move the smaller backhoe that hit the gas pipe
UPDATE: 5:30 PM
Many construction workers still on scene
Crisis over. Whew!
The uncontrolled leak is now shut off but the damaged pipe not fully repaired, so Berkshire Gas customers will be without gas for a while longer.