UPDATE: Gas Leak Forces College Evacuation, Halts Trains

Update: Montgomery College students could return to campus about 11 a.m. and rail service was restarted about 1 p.m.

Original post: Montgomery College has been evacuated, and Metro and CSX trains have been stopped as a result a hazmat incident at a nearby Suburban Propane, according to a fire and rescue spokesman.

The valve to a 1,000-gallon propane tank sheared off, according to a tweet from Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery College Fire and Rescue Service.

Suburban Propane is on the east side of Hungerford Drive. The college is on west side.

Montgomery College students, staff and faculty received an automatic voice mail that said: “Due to a strong gas odor, evacuate the Rockville campus until further notice. Fire officials are on scene. You must leave campus.”

Marcus Rosano, a college spokesman, said the college was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. No students are on campus, he said.

The college is getting ready for its Friday commencement exercises. Rosano said preparations have come to a halt because of the evacuation.

Here are Piringer’s tweets about the incident:





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