Gas leak evacuates Carmel Valley shopping center

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 15:20:52-04
SAN DIEGO -- A natural gas leak prompted brief evacuations at a Carmel Valley shopping center Monday.
A construction crew working at Del Mar Highlands Town Center in the 12900 block of El Camino Real accidentally ruptured a 2-inch-diameter gas line about 9:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Emergency crews directed people to leave nearby buildings as a precaution until the leak could be halted, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.
San Diego Gas & Electric personnel had the ruptured line capped off by shortly after 11 a.m., after which all the affected businesses were allowed to reopen.
No one reported suffering any ill effects from the wafting fumes, Swanson said.