Natural gas leak snarls traffic at RSNA

November 30, 2006

A natural gas leak in the western addition under construction at Chicago’s McCormick Place snarled traffic Thursday morning as city fire and police officers halted access to the popular north and south building of the massive complex.

A natural gas leak in the western addition under construction at Chicago's McCormick Place snarled traffic Thursday morning as city fire and police officers halted access to the popular north and south building of the massive complex.

Construction workers were evaculated from the west building located across the street from the McCormick Hyatt Regency Hotel and the building housing the RSNA exhibits. No RSNA-related activities were affected by the shutdown as of 10 a.m. CST, though all bus traffic was diverted to the Lakeside Center on the east side of the complex.

Six City of Chicago fire trucks could be seen around the new construction. At least one ambulance sped away from the construction site, and the strong smell of gas was apparent 100 yards from the site.