Gas leak near Columbus Blue Jackets arena cancels practice

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella watches the puck against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Predators 4-3 in overtime to give Tortorella his 600th career win. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Gas leak near Columbus Blue Jackets arena cancels practice

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella watches the puck against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Predators 4-3 in overtime to give Tortorella his 600th career win. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Crews investigating a gas leak near the Columbus Blue Jackets downtown arena that caused the hockey team to cancel its practice say the area is safe.

Reports of people smelling gas in the area on Monday forced people in several buildings to evacuate, including Blue Jackets' employees who were inside Nationwide Arena.

The entertainment district in Ohio's capital city is home to several restaurants, taverns and other businesses.

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Columbia Gas says it's investigating what caused the smell and that high readings of gas in the area had dropped by mid-afternoon.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin told The Columbus Dispatch that some people walking near the arena's loading dock reported smelling gas.

The Blue Jackets say there won't be any impact on their game Tuesday night against Washington.

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