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Hydrogen Gas Leak That Forced Evacuations Under Control



    Hazmat Situation in Cambridge Now Under Control

    Local authorities have said that the gas leak came from a tank on the third floor of 1030 Massachusetts Avenue. (Published Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017)

    Authorities say that a hazmat situation in the building that houses the popular Waypoint restaurant is under control.

    The building at 1030 Massachusetts Ave., along with several others in the area, were evacuated after a hydrogen tank leak was identified on the third floor earlier this afternoon. The stretch of Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge that had been closed between Bay Street and Putnam Ave. has re-opened, along with Waypoint restaurant.

    The tank leak has since been emptied, and air sample readings are negative, fire officials said.

    Deputy Fire Chief Francis Murphy said, “We went into evacuation mode, because on the first floor we had a restaurant that was fully occupied.”

    The Cambridge Fire Department said a maintenance man noticed the hydrogen leak inside the third floor office of biotech start-up Manus Biosynthesis. Murphy is blaming a faulty storage tank. The leak was confined to the third floor area. There are no reports of injuries.

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