COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: 3:48 p.m.: The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a gas odor outside at 201 Seventh Street at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday. It was determined that construction workers damaged a gas line in that area, unrelated to the call at Bouchelle and College.
Fire crews were dispatched to a gas leak outside at 115 Fifth Street South. The area was investigated and nothing was found. It is believed the odor of gas on Fifth Street was related to the earlier call on Seventh Street.
UPDATE: College Avenue was back open around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to a release from the Columbia Fire Department, they were dispatched to a gas leak at Bouchelle Avenue and College Avenue on at 11:47a.m. on Tuesday.
Crews arrived on the scene and found an underground gas line had been struck by construction workers who were working on a sewer line.
College Avenue between University Avenue and Rollins was shut down for a little over one hour while Ameren UE repaired the ruptured line. Two additional calls for gas odors outside in the areas of Fifth and Seventh Streets are believed to be associated with this single event.
There were no injuries.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Columbia Fire Department is currently responding to a gas leak near Bouchelle and College Avenues.
According to the department, a gas line was struck and College Avenue is currently blocked between Rollins Road and University Avenue.
University of Missouri Police also tweeted out encouraging people to use an alternative route.