Gas leak forces building evacuation
HARRISBURG – Authorities said a natural gas leak forced the evacuation of an office building near the state Capitol and, eventually, the early dismissal of many state employees.
Utility workers responded to the report of a gas odor in the basement of the Capitol Complex’s North Office Building on Wednesday morning.
Department of General Services spokesman Troy Thompson said workers were evacuated around noon. Shortly after, officials decided to send employees home for the rest of the day.
About 400 employees work in the building for the Pennsylvania departments of State and General Services, and for some legislative offices.