Natural Gas Leak Causes Downtown SLO Evacuations

Backhoe accidentally hits gas line

C.J. Ward, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, cj.ward@keyt.com
POSTED: 10:45 PM PDT Oct 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:27 PM PDT Oct 11, 2013 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

Construction workers accidentally hit a two-inch natural gas line in downtown San Luis Obispo, prompting evacuations.

The line break occurred at 1:11 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of Marsh Street. The first arriving SLO City fire crews determined the high pressure gas line had significant damage. A private contractor was using a backhoe at the intersection of Marsh and Nipomo Streets when they hit the gas line.

Fire officials evacuated everybody in a one block radius and setup hose lines to protect businesses.

The gas company brought in a crew to make repairs and they were able to stop the leak at 4:02 p.m. 

No injuries were reported and the evacuations were lifted a short time later.