Gas leak in Pacific Beach prompts road closure

SAN DIEGO -- Utility personnel have stopped a gas leak near Crown Point Park in Pacific Beach Thursday.

The gas leak was reported around 10:10 a.m., in the 3600 block of Jewell street. According to SDG&E, a third-party contractor was doing underground work when a three-quarter inch service line was hit by an excavator.

Approximately 10 homes were evacuated as a precaution, San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

“Fortunately because were close to the beach here we had a nice off-shore breeze that was helping dissipate the gas," said Battalion Chief Lane Woolery.

The leak was stopped just after 11 a.m. Once stopped, evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes, according to police and fire officials. There are no reports of injuries.

“I’m happy my house is still here. I wasn’t sure it would be when I got back," said Blake Harper, an evacuee.

San Diego Gas & Electric crews are on scene and have shut off the gas line. 18 customers remained without service late in the afternoon.

Officials closed off traffic on Jewell Street between Moorland Drive and La Mancha Drive.