GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - It was a tedious day for firefighters and Atlanta Gas Light officials in Gwinnett County Tuesday as they worked to cap a tricky gas leak.
Officials had to shut down Lester Road near Lawrenceville Highway around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday after firefighters said a contractor drilling under the roadway struck a 4-inch gas line about seven feet under the surface. Firefighters said the line was split and caused gas to leak into the sewage system.
AGL crews had to dig up a good portion of the road to locate and cap the break. Firefighters stayed at the scene well into the evening to make sure the leak did not worsen or that a spark caused an explosion.
Nearby businesses were evacuated for a brief time.
As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, crews were working to cover the massive hole in the road. It was not immediately clear if the roadway would reopen in time for the morning commute or not.
No one was injured during the incident.