Gas leak stopped, Hercules neighborhood evacuation lifted

HERCULES (BCN) - A gas leak that prompted the evacuation of a Hercules neighborhood Tuesday morning has been stopped and the evacuation order has been lifted.

The flow of gas from the break near San Pablo and Sycamore avenues was stopped at 10:27 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

A third-party digging crew doing work in the area had hit a 4-inch plastic line there, Sarkissian said. PG&E was first alerted to the gas leak at 8:34 a.m.

An evacuation was ordered at 9:51 a.m. between North and South Front streets.

Evacuees were initially sent to Duck Pond Park on Sycamore Avenue, but after a wind shift, they were sent to the Hercules Community Swim Center at 2001 Refugio Valley Road, county emergency officials said.

The evacuation order was lifted at about 10:45 a.m.