Gas leak capped, Smyrna evacuees allowed to return home

Windy Hill Road reopened Tuesday morning, nearly nine hours after a gas leak forced the evacuation of dozens of Smyrna residents.

The leak was capped around 5:30 a.m., but Windy Hill Road remained closed until 8:15 as crews worked to ventilate gas from sewer lines in the area, Smyrna police spokesman Michael Smith said.

An officer on patrol discovered the leak just before 11:30 p.m. Monday near the Windy Hill Car Wash in the 700 block of Windy Hill Road.

Smith said about 125 residents within a quarter-mile of the leak were evacuated to the Smyrna Community Center. They were allowed to return home once the gas line was capped.

He advised those residents to open their doors and windows to ventilate any gas that may have collected in their homes.

"The cause of the gas leak has yet to be determine, but it is suspected that the freezing and thawing of the ground may have played a role in the break," Smith said.