BUSINESSES were evacuated and a road closed for four hours following a gas leak in Daventry.
The area was sealed off at 11.30am on Tuesday near the High March Industrial Estate, off London Road, when grass cutters ran over a protruding gas pipe.
The A45 south out of Daventry was closed by police while they dealt with the leak.
The road was closed between the Landmark roundabout at the entrance to Daventry and the Newnham turn near Dodford until around 3.30pm.
The gas pipe was broken close to Intapart car parts firm, just by the side of the road.
The fire service, police, and National Grid gas were all called to the scene.
Northants Fire and Rescue service said fixing the pipe was complicated by the high pressure gas inside.
Daventry station manager Mick Berry said: “The damage was done to a one inch diameter pipe which we believe is under high pressure as you can hear the gas escaping.
“We set up a 200-metre cordon and evacuated nearby businesses. As a safety measure we used a water spray over the pipe to disperse the gas cloud although thankfully the wind was blowing it away from Daventry and nearby people and businesses.”
Dennetts garden centre was one of the businesses which had to be evacuated.
Ann Dennett said: “We had to leave the premises at 11.30am and couldn’t come back in until 3.30pm.
“It seemed to take a long time for people to arrive and start repairing the leak.
“Obviously no customers could use the shop during that time so we lost four hours of trading, but it wasn’t a massive disruption.”
Yesterday (Wednesday) police road closure signs were still on the A45 at Weedon causing some confusion for motorists.