Emergency personnel have controlled a gas leak caused by construction work near the intersection of Dwight Way and Prospect Street on Tuesday morning.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District hit a 2-inch gas main about 11 a.m. while digging to install a new pipe, said George Wells, the assistant superintendent in EBMUD’s pipeline-construction division. As of about 12:40 p.m., the leak was under control, according to Berkeley Fire Department.
PG&E worked to cut out and replace the damaged pipe, Wells said. It finished repairs about 1:30 p.m., according to PG&E spokesperson Brittany McKannay. No customers lost service because of the leak.
“It was like a wall of gas hit my truck,” said Susanne Wiesman, a UC Berkeley gardener who was driving near the area where the leak occurred at the time. “I’ve never smelled anything that intense.”
The construction that caused the leak began in May and is close to completion, according to Wells. The project’s scope includes Dwight Way from Hillside Avenue to Warring Street.
McKannay said that digging-related accidents happen throughout the year and that PG&E encourages anyone potentially digging near utility lines to call 811 so that lines can be marked. She noted that Aug. 11 is National Safe Digging Day.
Senior staff writers Katy Abbott and Robert Tooke and staff writer Sally Littlefield contributed to this report.