Part of Apple campus in Silicon Valley evacuated after gas leak

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (KTVU) -- An evacuation order for some Apple corporate employees was lifted Friday afternoon after a contractor accidentally severed a natural gas line, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the new construction on Apple's campus, located at 10596 N. Tantau Ave. in Cupertino, around 2:15 p.m. No injuries were reported and it was unclear how many workers were affected by the evacuation order.

A spokeswoman for PG&E said utility workers stopped the flow of gas in the one-inch plastic gas line at 2:58 p.m. and made the area safe.

Santa Clara Fire Department officials said a contractor severed a PG&E natural gas line, which prompted the leak. 

The PG&E spokeswoman said the contractor had been digging with a backhoe in a marked area when the gas line was cut.