SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Crews installing a new fire hydrant along The Embarcadero in San Francisco struck a small gas line Monday morning, prompting evacuations and the shutdown of the roadway, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said.

The 1-inch line was ruptured shortly after 10 a.m. at Pier 15, near The Embarcadero and Green Street.

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San Francisco Water Department crews were installing the hydrant when someone using a backhoe struck the gas line, SFPUC spokeswoman Alison Kastama said.

Pier 15 was evacuated as a precaution, and The Embarcadero was shut down between Broadway and Green Street, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

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PG&E crews responded and capped the leak at 10:42 a.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

Shortly before noon, Kastama said the evacuation order had been lifted and all but one northbound lane of The Embarcadero had been reopened.


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