A damaged gas line forced an evacuation at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda on Tuesday Credit: Pete Piringer

This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2022, to include the latest information

A damaged gas line in a construction area at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development has led to an evacuation Tuesday morning, according to a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman.

Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer posted on Twitter that in the construction excavation area a damaged gas line was leaking and some buildings had been evacuated as a precaution. Additionally the area has been cordoned off to pedestrians.

Piringer wrote that Washington Gas is on scene and the leak has been controlled.

According to Andre Francis, a Washington Gas spokesman, the utility was notified of “third party damage” to a service line just after 10:30 a.m. A crew from the utility was on site to shut off gas at 10:48 a.m., he said.

A hazardous materials team is inspecting the area, Piringer wrote.


Roads throughout the retail development are closed.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com