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The Latest: San Diego gas leak capped, evacuations lifted

March 07, 2018 - 8:48 PM

SAN DIEGO - The Latest on a San Diego gas pipeline leak that prompted evacuations (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Authorities in San Diego have capped a leaking gas pipeline that prompted the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes and shut down a freeway for hours.

Fire officials say a construction worker accidentally drilled into a 20-inch pipeline in Mission Valley shortly after 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Homes and a handful of nearby businesses within a half-mile radius of the leak were evacuated. About 3,300 people live in that area. Authorities also closed a five-mile stretch of State Route 163, jamming traffic.

About nine hours later, San Diego Gas & Electric workers managed to cap the gas line. The evacuations were lifted and the freeway reopened within the hour.

No injuries or illnesses from the leak have been reported.

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4:41 p.m.

A ruptured gas pipeline in San Diego has prompted the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes and shut down a five-mile (eight-kilometre) stretch of freeway.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Alec Phillipp said a construction worker accidentally drilled into a 20-inch pipeline Wednesday morning near the Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley.

Phillipp says homes and business within a half-mile radius of the leak were evacuated. He says about 3,300 people live in that area.

Authorities also have closed State Route 163 between Interstate 8 and Interstate 805.

San Diego Gas & Electric workers are on the scene but Phillipp says gas was still spewing from the pipe by late afternoon.

He says the evacuation order will be lifted once all the gas trapped in the pipeline empties.

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