A tanker collided with a fire hydrant early Saturday morning, causing a gas spill at the intersection of Newark and Cedar boulevards and sending water nearly 80 feet into the air.
The Newark Police and Alameda County Fire departments said the incident was reported just before 4 a.m. near the 76 Gas Station at the intersection of Newark and Cedar boulevards. Officials were forced to shut down a number of roads in the area till after 8 a.m.
A hazmat team was requested to the scene, and all roads leading into the area were closed, fire officials said.
According to the fire department's Twitter page, "The amount of gas that leaked is unknown. The gas leaked into the storm drain & was diluted by water from the sheared hydrant."
Hazmat crews transfered fuel to a new gas tanker and cleaned up the spill, fire officials tweeted.
Northbound Newark Boulevard was closed at Brittany Avenue and Ruschin Drive, westbound Cedar Boulevard was closed at Chapman Drive, southbound Newark Boulevard wass closed at the intersection entrance of the Lido and Rosemont shopping centers, eastbound Cedar Boulevard was closed at Lido Boulevard, and northbound Breton Drive was closed at Cedar Boulevard. They have all since been opened to traffic.