A large gas leak caused a busy Cornelius road to shut down Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
Westmoreland Road, between West Catawba Avenue and Statesville Road, closed around 2:15 p.m. after a 12-inch gas line was hit, according to the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue. Cornelius and Huntersville fire crews were checking the area for any hazards.
The gas leak was under control at about 4:15 p.m. and Westmoreland Road was reopened. Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue said Piedmont Natural Gas assessed the break and is working on a plan for repairs. Police asked residents to refrain from calling 911 as they are aware and are on scene.
Several people reached out to Channel 9 to report what they describe as a “roaring” sound coming from the leak.