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Gas leak occurs at Carmel Valley shopping center

A natural gas leak prompted brief evacuations today, Monday, July 25, at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center.

A construction crew working at Del Mar Highlands Town Center in the 12900 block of El Camino Real accidentally ruptured a 2-inch-diameter gas line about 9:45

a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Emergency crews directed people to leave nearby buildings as a precaution until the leak could be halted, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

San Diego Gas & Electric personnel had the ruptured line capped off by shortly after 11 a.m., after which all the affected businesses were allowed to reopen.

No one reported suffering any ill effects from the wafting fumes, Swanson said.