A ruptured gas pipeline has prompted the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes and shut down a five-mile stretch of freeway in San Diego.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Alec Phillipp said a construction worker accidentally drilled into a 20-inch pipeline Wednesday morning near the Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley.
Phillipp said homes and business within a half-mile radius of the leak were evacuated. He said about 3,300 people live in that area.
Authorities also have closed State Route 163 between Interstate 8 and Interstate 805.
San Diego Gas & Electric workers were on the scene, but Phillipp said gas was still spewing from the pipe by late afternoon.