GERMANTOWN, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A gas leak forced nearly 250 homes in Montgomery County to be evacuated or sheltered in place Thursday, authorities said.

The leak was located near Scenery and Brandermill drives in Germantown at about 11 a.m., according to Montgomery County fire and rescue spokesman Scott Graham. The leak was valved off just after 3 p.m., Graham said.

About 70 homes in the area are still without gas, Graham said.

The leak was caused when a third party performing work struck a natural gas line causing an 8-inch line break, said a spokesperson with Washington Gas Company, the utility which owns the lines.

A total of 241 homes in the immediate area of the leak were evacuated or sheltered in place as a precaution, Graham said. Several roads in the area also were closed, police said.

Video and photos from the scene appeared to show gas spewing from the ground near the corner of the road.

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