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NORFOLK - A gas leak briefly forced the evacuation of some businesses in downtown Norfolk.

Fire officials were called to E. Main Street and Atlantic Street around 9:30 a.m. after construction crews working on the library renovation hit a 2.5 inch gas line.

Office and commercial buildingsin a one-block area, including the Main Street garage and Main Street tower,were evacuated as a precaution.

By 10:30 a.m., people were allowed back. Firefighters went floor to floor checking air quality to make sure it was safe, said Capt. Mike Hicks.

Traffic remained blocked on Atlantic Street at 10:20 a.m.; the Tide light rail service was briefly stopped.

'The gas leak resulted in a westbound train being delayed by 4 minutes and an eastbound train by one minute,' said HRT spokesman Tom Holden.

Virginia Natural Gas officials expected to have repairs made by 11:30 a.m.

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