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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations, Street Closures in Normal Heights Neighborhood

A 2-inch gas line was somehow ruptured at around 12:15 p.m. along Hawley Boulevard

Crews were working through the rain Tuesday night to repair a gas leak in Normal Heights that caused evacuations in the neighborhood, authorities confirmed.

A 2-inch gas line was ruptured at around 12:15 p.m. along Hawley Boulevard, according to Alex Phillip with San Diego Fire-Rescue.

Gas was blowing from the broken line and authorities shut down traffic around the area while crews from San Diego Gas & Electric worked to cap the leak and repair the line.

The gas main break is affecting 130 customers, according to SDG&E.

Officers were in the area helping with traffic control, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Some residents and workers on Hawley Boulevard and Mansfield Street, north of Adams Avenue were evacuated in minutes.

By 5 p.m., SDFD was gone, signaling that the leak was reportedly capped. Though, some crews stayed at the site for continued repairs.

The gas leak occurred in the same area where a water main broke just a day before.

“Water main to gas main, so you know, a bit of an inconvenience, but we’ll get through it,” said Tra Him, a resident in the area.

The city told NBC 7 that SDG&E did not properly mark the ruptured gas line.

SDPD had received calls reporting a strong smell of gas in the area.

SDG&E said just before 9 p.m. it expected to have gas service restored to the area after midnight Wednesday. The utility said the rain was making it hard on crews because they had to pump out rainwater from their work area.

The company said crews will work around the clock to fix the leak but warned customers they may not have gas through the night.

Following the water and gas main breaks, SDG&E crews needed to repair a power pole in the area beginning Wednesday night.

This type of work will take six to eight hours, the company said at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

No customers were affected Wednesday night, but SDG&E said fewer than 100 customers may experience outages as repairs continue.

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