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A Southern California Gas Co. crew exposing a 2-inch service line in Commerce so it could repair a minor leak ended up causing a larger rupture Thursday, prompting a fire department response but causing no evacuations or injuries.

The larger leak was reported just after 2 p.m. in the 5600 block of East Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Randall Wright said.

The flow of gas was shut off about 2:45 p.m., according to Gas Co. spokeswoman Denise King. The original leak was caused by tree roots and while a crew exposed the line, some hard soil fell on the plastic main, causing a larger break, King said.

Service to one industrial business was interrupted but was expected to be restored later today when repairs to the line were completed, King said.

Avenida Esteban Torres was closed between Olympic Boulevard and Union Pacific Avenue as a result of the break, Wright said.

The fire department initially said the main was a large-diameter line, but King said it was relatively small, as the gas company’s lines range in diameter from 1/2 inch to 36 inches.

City News Service

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