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News - October 2, 2013

Gas leaks leads to brief shelter in place alert

A construction crew accidentally broke a 1-inch gas line in Menlo Park on Sept. 30, leading to a "shelter in place" alert late Monday morning for residents and businesses within 400 feet of the 1300 block of Hoover Street.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to 1330 Hoover St. shortly before 11 a.m. and with the assistance of Pacific Gas & Electric, the leak was repaired by 12:30 p.m.

Ten customers had gas service shut off, according to PG&E spokesman Jason King.

Why the construction crew hit the line remains a mystery; Mr. King said "811" marks at the site indicated the location of the underground lines. He emphasized the need for workers to always call 811 first for guidance before digging, no matter how small or large the project.


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