A gas main damaged by a backhoe was repaired about 30 minutes after the leak occurred, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.
Police and firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to the scene in the 1300 block of University Drive in Menlo Park shortly after noon today (April 18).
"Affected parties" were evacuated, according to a police bulletin issued online at 12:18 p.m.
Repairs were quickly completed and no one was injured. Police Cmdr. Dave Bertini said that as long as a leak vents into the air, as this one did, there is little danger.
"It gets explosive in enclosed spaces," he said.
- Almanac staff writers Sandy Brundage and Dave Boyce