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Gas leak closes intersection in La Jolla

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Roads were closed in La Jolla for four hours Thursday while crews worked to repair a major gas leak. Police say a construction crew ruptured a gas line at Regents Road and La Jolla Village Drive.

It's the second gas leak caused by construction workers in two days. Construction crews were working on an electrical conduit when they hit the gas line. Thursday's leak was shut off at 11:30 a.m. People were being kept downwind for safety as SDG&E crews worked to repair the gas line.

It's a busy area with many stores, apartments, homes and restaurants. Traffic was being diverted as Regents Road was blocked off between La Jolla Village Drive and Regents Park Row before crews were able to repair the leak and reopen the area.

Firefighters say the natural gas isn't harmful to breathe but could be considered dangerous if there's a spark.

"It's dangerous and what we don't want is to do something not smart like smoke cigarettes. It's highly flammable but it's not dangerous now because we have crews on scene to control the area," San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. Joe Amador said.

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