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This story was updated at 3 p.m. Jan. 22.

Several Bethesda businesses that had evacuated in response to a punctured gas line were cleared for re-entry Tuesday afternoon.

Arlington Road, once closed from Bradley Boulevard to Bethesda Avenue, was reopened as well.

A construction worker struck a 2-inch steel line causing the leak, said Ruben Rodriguez, a spokesperson for Washington Gas.

The gas was turned off around 2 p.m., and the leak was stopped, Rodriguez said.

No services were lost, he added.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services rescue workers were dispatched around noon to 7001 Arlington Road and firefighters ventilated the affected buildings, said fire and rescue spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt.

The majority of the fire and rescue units had left the scene by around 2 p.m., she said.

“We’ve had no reports of anybody ill or injured,” Nesselt said.

lpowers@gazette.net