Gas leak at BWI causes traffic problems

February 10, 2004

A gas leak at Baltimore-Washington International Airport tied up vehicle traffic yesterday afternoon and prompted the temporary evacuation of three piers, airport officials said.

Construction crews were working on part of the airport's $1.8 billion expansion about 11:30 a.m. when they ruptured a gas line on the lower level outside the main terminal, said Cheryl Stewart, a spokeswoman for BWI.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers who responded to the incident determined that the gas leak was minor, so passengers were allowed back onto the piers --B, C, and D -- about an hour later, Stewart said.

Vehicles were not allowed to use the upper and lower roadways of the airport until about 1:30 p.m., Stewart said.

"The primary impact of the incident was on the roadways," said Jonathan Dean, a spokesperman for the airport.

He said a handful of flights into and out of the airport were canceled because of the rupture.

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