Construction Mishap Leads to Gas Leak, Evacuations in Foster City

By Bay City News Service: 
A construction crew mishap led to a gas leak that prompted evacuations in Foster City Monday morning, authorities said.

The gas line rupture was reported at 10:15 a.m. at a building site at 551 Foster City Blvd., according to police.

Police said in a statement that the ruptured 3-inch plastic line "caused a moderate gas release within the area."

Fire and police contained the site and shut down traffic near the intersection of Foster City Boulevard and Triton Drive until the gas leak was capped around 11:10 a.m. Buildings within a block of the construction site were evacuated during the leak as a precaution, PG&E spokesman Jason King said.

No one was injured and no property damage was reported.

King said it does not appear that the contractors working at the site Monday morning called 811 before digging, which he said is an important step to prevent gas leaks. The free service gives homeowners and contractors up-to-date information about whether underground gas lines are present and connects callers with utility representatives who can mark any underground lines.

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