Gas leak in downtown Vancouver triggers building evacuations

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.

Traffic also diverted after a backhoe hit a gas main near the intersection of Robson and Richards

A gas line rupture caused several buildings to be evacuated 2:14

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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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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