NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The FDNY evacuated five buildings in Tribeca Thursday evening, after a gas main ruptured outside a synagogue.
Around 6:10 p.m., an odor of gas was reported in the The Civic Center Synagogue, a two-story structure at 47 White St., the FDNY told CBS2.READ MORE: Juneteenth 2021: Tri-State Area Events Honoring Liberation Of America's Last Enslaved People
Con Edison and FDNY companies reported to the scene, and about 50 people were evacuated from five buildings — including the synagogue — around 8:30 p.m., officials said.
Con Ed later located the gas leak in a 6-inch cast iron main on the block.READ MORE: Man Slashed In Head Inside Times Square Subway Station
As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, Con Edison crews were digging up White Street to repair the leak.
“I was opposite the synagogue and I said, ‘I can’t stay here?’ And they said, ‘No you can’t, because we’re afraid of an explosion,” evacuated resident Alice Proskauer said.
“I’d rather feel as if I were safe, than get blown up,” added Tribeca resident Andy Chapman.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Innocent Children Caught In Middle Of Brazen Shooting In The Bronx
As of 11:00 p.m. Thursday, firefighters had reopened the street and people were being allowed back inside their homes.