Dozens of homeowners were evacuated early Tuesday after a large diameter gas leak happened in North Park.
According to San Diego Fire Rescue, residents of the area near Boundary and Lincoln, just west of Interstate 805, were evacuated just after 9 a.m. because city crews digging in an alley for a sewer line broke a gas line measuring about an inch and a half, sending gas into the air.
While firefighters stood by with charged hose lines just in case, law enforcement helped evacuated at least 45 people.
"The main danger was gas pooling up into homes or in low lying areas and finding an ignition source of some sort causing an explosion or a fire," according to fire spokesperson Maurice Luque.
SDG&E crews arrived and put in a temporary fix after about an hour and a half.
Even so, the evacaution was jarring for residents.
"I'm asleep and all I hear is a pound on the door," said Ryan Berg. "I came to the door and didn't know what they were doing and he said 'Hey, there's a gas leak, do you mind getting out?' and I said not at all. Let me get a shirt on."