Richmond Gas Line Rupture Forces Evacuation Of Residents

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — An evacuation that was issued following a gas-line rupture Saturday morning in Richmond has been lifted, a Richmond Fire Department spokesman said.

The rupture at South 49th Street and Wall Avenue was reported by the Richmond Police Department just after 11:35 a.m.

A private contractor was doing work in the area and hit the 2-inch, low-pressure line about 10:35 a.m., Richmond Fire Department spokesman Rico Rincon said.

All odors from the leak were gone around noon, he said.

Residents were advised to leave immediately by car and avoid a one-block area near the rupture.

PG&E officials repaired the line by about 11:45 a.m., according to Rincon.

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