Gas leak prompts brief closure of Embarcadero


November 5, 2012 12:23:21 PM PST
Crews installing a new fire hydrant along The Embarcadero in San Francisco struck a small gas line this morning, prompting evacuations and the shutdown of the roadway, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said.

The 1-inch line was ruptured shortly after 10 a.m. at Pier 15, near The Embarcadero and Green Street.

San Francisco Water Department crews were installing the hydrant when someone using a backhoe struck the gas line, SFPUC spokeswoman Alison Kastama said.

Pier 15 was evacuated as a precaution, and The Embarcadero was shut down between Broadway and Green Street, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

PG&E crews responded and capped the leak at 10:42 a.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

Shortly before noon, Kastama said the evacuation order had been lifted and all but one northbound lane of The Embarcadero had been reopened.