Five local business were evacuated Tuesday and traffic was stopped
after construction workers broke a natural gas main, causing a leak
that took nearly an hour to contain, officials said.
Workers were grading the site in the 200 block of East Olive
Avenue when a bulldozer damaged a two-inch pipe.
Burbank firefighters responded at 3:18 p.m. Tuesday, Fire Captain
Ron Bell said.
Burbank Police officers closed Olive Avenue between Third Street
and San Fernando Boulevard to traffic until about 4:10 p.m., when The
Gas Company workers fixed the pipe, Bell said. Inspectors checked the
evacuated buildings for gas buildup, Bell said.
City Hall, which is near the site, was not evacuated, Bell said.
“Right now, the natural gas is safely in the air and stinks of
rotten eggs,” Bell said at the site.
The construction site is a four-story office building project by
the Cusumano Real Estate Group.