PG&E crews cap natural gas leak in San Bruno following pipeline rupture


Around 10:48 a.m. Thursday a 3rd-party contractor construction crew was replacing an 8-inch water line at Glenview Drive and Earl Avenue when a backhoe hit a 2-inch distribution line, causing a gas leak.

PG&E crews responded quickly, arriving on scene around 11 a.m. The leak was capped at 11:24 a.m.

Residents were temporarily ordered to shelter-in-place and then evacuate as precautionary measures.

A large transmission line exploded in the same area nearly two years ago. That blast and the firestorm that followed killed eight people, injured more than 50 more, and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

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