Propane leak shuts road in Charles County

March 21

A strip mall in Charles County was evacuated and part of a major road was shut Friday evening after a propane gas leak was discovered, authorities said.

Firefighters evacuated businesses in the 6400 block of Crain Highway just before 8 p.m., said Chief Matt Gilroy, of the LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department.

No injuries were reported. Officials said they cleared businesses and a home within 330 feet of the leaking propane tank, which was near a store.

Authorities closed the northbound lanes of Crain Highway between Charles and Hawthorne streets while repairs were made. No injuries were reported.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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