Third-party diggers rupture gas line in Danville

Incident prompts shelter-in-place, road closure

A 1.25-inch gas main was ruptured in Danville today, according to PG&E officials, prompting a shelter-in-place order to be issued.

PG&E received a call about the leak at 11:22 a.m. at San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Jewel Terrance, company spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

She said crews arrived at the site at 11:38 a.m. and began to work on stopping the flow of gas and then will complete repairs on the broken gas main.

A shelter-in-place order was issued at 11:49 a.m. for a few homes that are in the area, according to a San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District dispatcher.

Danville officials reported at about 12:30 p.m. that San Ramon Valley Boulevard was closed in both directions between Jewel Terrace and Elworthy Ranch Road.

The road reopened just before 3 p.m., town officials said.

A third-party crew ruptured the 1.25-inch gas main while digging, Sarkissian said.

Sarkissian said the incident serves as a reminder for people to call 8-1-1 to have gas lines marked before digging projects.

She encourages anyone to call a few days before starting a project -- even if it's installing a fence or planting rose bushes.

Editor's note: The town of Danville reported on social media at 12:30 p.m. that the leak was sealed, but officials followed up 1:50 p.m. that in fact the leak had not been sealed. The story has been updated to reflect that status information.

— Bay City News Service

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