Faculty, staff and students evacuated from seven buildings on the University at Buffalo North Campus this morning because of a gas leak returned shortly before 11 a.m.
University at Buffalo police ordered the evacuations at 9:10 a.m. and said National Fuel had shut off the leak by 10:15. The school then ventilated the buildings for about 45 minutes before they were safe to occupy again.
A university spokesman said the leak developed when a contractor repairing a sidewalk on Putnam Way, near Capen Hall, struck a gas line.
UB police issued the evacuation order for seven buildings along the university's main Academic Spine: Capen Hall, the Student Union, Park Hall, O'Brian Hall, Jacobs Management Center, Baldy Hall and Lockwood Library.
Students, faculty and staff in the buildings were directed to leave immediately and walk toward the parking lots on Augsburger Road, avoiding Flint Loop and the Flint Loop flag poles.
The spring semester has ended at UB but some summer session classes have begun.