Gas leak forces evacuations in Normal Heights

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A construction worker inadvertently ruptured a natural gas line in Normal Heights Tuesday, prompting evacuations while repair crews worked to halt the spewing fumes.

The non-injury excavation accident in the 4700 block of Hawley Boulevard was reported shortly after noon, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

Firefighters evacuated a dozen people out of surrounding residences, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported. Police, meanwhile, blocked off the northbound lanes of nearby Mansfield Street as a precaution, SDPD public- affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.

As of 2 p.m., utility personnel were still working to halt the leak, SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said.

No ill health effects were reported due to the wafting gas vapors in the neighborhood just north of Adams Avenue.

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