UPDATE: Gas leak capped in Haight-Ashbury

A one-inch gas line broken by a construction crew in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Tuesday morning has been repaired and streets in the area have reopened.

The gas line break at 1427 Haight St. between Masonic and Ashbury streets was reported at 10:37 a.m., according to San Francisco fire officials.

The Department of Emergency Management wrote on Twitter just after 11 a.m. warning residents to avoid the area, and followed with a message noting that construction crews were evacuating the intersection of Haight Street and Masonic Avenue “due to a report of cutting thru a gas line.”

The department announced in a Tweet at 1:12 p.m. that the line was repaired and the intersection had cleared.

PG&E spokesman Nick Smith said a construction crew working in the area had the gas lines marked but was using a jackhammer instead of hand tools and hit the line. If they had used hand tools, the rupture would have been easier to avoid, Smith said.

A PG&E crew was called to the area to stop the flow of gas in the area and repair the pipeline. No injuries were reported, Smith said.

The incident affected San Francisco Municipal Railway bus service on a number of lines that run through the area, according to Muni officials.

 

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