COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets’ arena and some nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precaution after reports of a possible gas leak in an entertainment district in Ohio’s capital city.
The Columbus Fire Department and Columbia Gas of Ohio were at the site just north of downtown Monday. Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin told The Columbus Dispatch that some people walking near the arena’s loading dock reported smelling gas.
The possible leak led the Blue Jackets hockey team to cancel practice Monday.
Columbia Gas spokesman Dave Rau said the utility has crews on the scene to investigate the cause of the odor and determine if there was a leak.