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Crews try to cap ruptured gas leak in Old Town

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - Emergency crews hope to cap a ruptured gas line Friday that's been leaking for nearly 16 hours.

A construction accident caused a long-term gas leak in Old Town Thursday afternoon, forcing some residents to find overnight lodging elsewhere and leaving visitors to the popular tourist and shopping enclave with fewer places to park.

The mishap occurred shortly before 2 p.m., when a backhoe ruptured a 3/4-inch-diamater pipeline while digging into the roadway at Juan and Twiggs streets, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said.

San Diego Gas & Electric crews have been working overnight to get this problem fixed. Residents say they could hear the natural gas leak and smell the odor.

Emergency crews decided that, as precautions, two nearby homes would have to remain unoccupied and a pair of parking lots off-limits to the public pending repairs. No businesses had to close or suspend operations, Swanson said, and there were no reported injuries.

Fire officials have also been on scene to monitor the situation.

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