BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County fire officials say a car struck a gas meter in Bethesda, Maryland, forcing residents of an apartment complex to evacuate the building.

Authorities say the driver crashed into a commercial-grade gas meter attached to the apartment complex early Sunday morning.

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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue service spokesman Pete Piringer says several buildings and dozens of residents were evacuated after the crash caused a significant leak. Piringer says residents were taken to a nearby supermarket while fire crews and the gas company shut off gas.

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The apartment building and surround areas were reopened about two hours later.

Additional details about the driver who struck the gas meter have not been provided.

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