Gas leak stops traffic at College Avenue and Sycamore Street

A Fayetteville police vehicle blocks traffic at the intersection of Sycamore Street and College Avenue while crews work to repair a gas leak Tuesday afternoon.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Traffic was shut down for a few hours Tuesday on Sycamore Street near the intersection of College Avenue while crews worked to stop a gas leak.

According to reports, the leak was called in at around 11:30 a.m. after neighbors complained of a strong natural gas odor in the area.

Fayetteville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mauro Campos told KFSM the leak, which he described as being “pretty large,” is believed to have been caused by area construction.

When we arrived on the scene at around 1 p.m., the smell of natural gas was very strong in the surrounding parking lots and a loud hissing sound could be heard. Fayetteville police had the area closed to both traffic and pedestrians, and the rear entrance to McDonalds was blocked while crews tested the air for gas levels.

The leak was reportedly stopped by 2 p.m. and traffic was reopened.

Below are a few photos we took before the leak was repaired.