Natural gas line ruptures in Glendale

Glendale firefighters work at the scene of a ruptured 2-inch gas line damaged by a back hoe that ripped into the ground near Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / June 30, 2014)

Roadwork crews ruptured a 2-inch wide natural gas line while digging at Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard on Monday, according to city officials.

A private contractor working on a Colorado lane-addition project accidentally struck the line at 5 p.m., said Glendale spokesman Tom Lorenz.

Southern California Gas Co. workers repaired the break by 7 p.m., he said.

No evacuations were necessary and there wasn’t any immediate danger, said Angela Fentiman, a spokeswoman with the gas company.

“Natural gas is lighter than air, so it dissipates pretty quickly,” she said.

Road work resumed immediately after repairs were finished, Lorenz said.

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