Roads reopen after natural gas leak in Newport

NEWPORT (WATE) – Evacuations were underway Thursday night in part of Newport due to a natural gas leak.

The leak was reported around 6 p.m. at Brandywine Steakhouse on Highway 25/70. The highway was closed near that location and an area of around 1,000 feet around the restaurant was evacuated.

The Cocke County Emergency Management Agency says the situation has been resolved and people who were evacuated can return home. Tanasee Campground, the Exxon station and Coops Road were evacuated. The roadways reopened, as did the Interstate 40 off ramp, around 9:30 p.m.

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