Andover van crash gas leak forces residents out of homes
A number of residents were asked to leave their homes after a van crashed into a gas substation causing a leak.
The gas main and a street light were damaged in the crash in King Arthurs Way, Andover, at about 01:00 BST, Hampshire police said.
A 35-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and two drink-driving offences.
Resident Adam Lake said police set up a 100m exclusion zone and asked more than 20 people to leave their homes.
"As soon as you opened the door you could smell a very, very strong smell of gas," he said.
"So we got our two eight-year-old girls out of bed and went down to St Mary's Church."
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said all residents were back in their homes by 02:53.
Test Valley Borough Council leader Phil North said the damaged gas main and lamp post had since been fixed but the road remained closed.