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A propane leak at Southern Maryland Oil this afternoon closed both lanes of Route 210 in Bryans Road and affected nine businesses and three schools.

The leak was discovered at 3:21 p.m. May 9 at the oil business off Indian Head Highway.

Jeff Duer, a spokesman for the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, said it is uncertain what caused the leak but confirmed there was an active leak from a liquid propane tank that holds 30,000 gallons. The tank currently has 25,000 gallons, and it is uncertain just how much has leaked at this time.

Duer said the leak still is active, and there are 65 firefighters on the scene.

He said nine nearby businesses were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

Representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment were on their way to the scene as they are typically called for incidents of this magnitude, Duer said.

Charles County Public Schools sent nine students back to Matthew Henson Middle School due to road closures; 33 students at J.C. Parks Elementary School were held at their school; and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School had a late dismissal as a school bus with 60 first-grade students was headed back to school from a field trip and got caught up in traffic.

Charles County Public Schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said parents of the individual students affected at Parks and Henson were called, and an automated call went to every parent from Mt. Hope alerting them of the delay.