Several buildings were evacuated after a backhoe hit a gas main supplying the new Telus building construction site at Richards and Robson Streets in downtown Vancouver Monday morning.

An area stretching from one block south to three blocks north was closed to traffic for a couple of hours.

Crews on scene appeared to be successfully capping the leak around noon, according to the CBC's Jason Proctor.

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Gas leak

Police closed several blocks near a construction site after a gas main burst Monday morning. (CBC/Richard Zussman)

MAP: Robson and Richards Streets, Vancouver, B.C.

YWCA tweeted this evacuation alert

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