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Gas leak stopped at Spectra Energy Weymouth station

A leak at the Spectra Energy gas metering station on the Fore River in Weymouth emitted a strong odor of gas from about a mile away on Friday night, a Weymouth fire official said.

The department started to receive calls about the smell of gas around 7:30 p.m., Deputy Chief Steve Murray said.

When firefighters responded to the scene, they discovered the issue was caused by a malfunctioning release valve, Murray said.

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The valve was shut down, and the leak stopped, Murray said.

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A Spectra Energy representative responded to the scene at about 8 p.m.

Creighton Welch, a spokesman for Spectra, said that the leak was caused by “a one inch valve freezing.”

“We continue to monitor the system 24/7,” Welch said by telephone.

Jacob Geanous can be reached at jacobgeanous@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.