Hoover High Students Evacuated

Gas line break prompts evacuations

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:56 AM PDT
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Hoover High Students Evacuated

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A gas main break forced the evacuation of over 2,000 students and staff at Hoover High School in City Heights Wednesday morning.

The school, just east of I-15 and north of El Cajon Blvd., was evacuated just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Students were evacuated to the football field after teachers began smelling a strong gas odor. San Diego Fire-Rescue was called to the scene. Crews determined there was, in fact, a broken gas line about a block-and-a-half away.

SDG&E found a 3-inch break in the line.

The school was forced into "Emergency Management Mode," and was evacuated in under 7 minutes.

By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the students were allowed back in the school.

The school's police department, the San Diego Police and Fire Departments, as well as SDG&E all worked together to respond to the incident.

No one was harmed in the gas main break.

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