A large gas leak forced evacuations in Escondido Wednesday, according to police.
Construction crews repairing the street broke a four-inch gas line around noon at 1802 South Escondido Blvd., according to Escondido police.
A news photographer at the scene said he could hear "hissing" from two blocks away.
Students and faculty at Juniper Elementary School were told to “shelter in place,” according to the Escondido School District.
Two businesses in the area were evacuated. The names of those businesses were not immediately available.
Residents in the area received reverse 911 calls notifying them to stay inside their homes. If they decided to leave their homes, they would not be allowed to return until the gas line was capped.
A sig-alert was issued in the area. South Escondido Blvd. was shutdown at Felicita Ave.
The gas was shut off by 2.20 p.m.