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Posted: 1:03 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
By Robert Handa
By Robert Handa/KTVU
SANTA CLARA, Calif. —
A gas leak that forced the evacuation of two Santa Clara buildings Thursday morning has been capped, authorities said.
Santa Clara Fire Battalion Chief Mike Ryan said the hissing sound and the smell of natural gas caught the attention of workers in a nearby building who called the fire department at around 11 a.m.
"It was a significant amount of gas coming out and we were concerned it would get into an enclosed area and ignite" said Ryan on why the office buildings were evacuated for more than an hour.
PG&E crews arrived in the scene and dug deep into the ground to get to the 1 ¼-inch pipe while firefighters sporadically poured water into the hole.
The leak was capped in about an hour.
Ryan said a construction crew working on Great America Parkway punctured the pipe. He said the incident was considered to be accidental.
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