Fall River police and fire units have responded to what is being described as a "massive gas leak" at the site of the former New Harbour Mall.

The Herald News is reporting that a 4-inch gas line was ruptured during construction at the site. The nearby Letourneau School was evacuated, and the 700 students will be bused to Durfee High School, where parents can pick them up.

Police have also blocked off Stafford Road.

After some initial difficulty, police on the scene have reported that the gas has now been shut off.