A natural gas leak in Downey Thursday prompted evacuations while crews worked to make repairs, but no one was hurt.

The leak was reported about 10:35 a.m. when Southern California Gas Company crews were altered to a natural gas line that was apparently damaged by a third-party contractor in the area of 7800 Stewart and Gray Road near Rives Avenue, according to a SoCalGas statement.

People were evacuated from about a 300-foot radius around the area where the leak was reported, and utility crews were sent to handle the problem, a process that was continuing about four hours afterward, the Downey Fire Department reported.

Stewart and Gray Road was closed from Paramount Boulevard to Rives Avenue due to the leak, SoCalGas said.

Residents and businesses in the area were advised that they may smell a natural gas odor while SoCalGas crews and first responders work to stop the leak and make permanent repairs.

A countywide notification regarding the gas leak was sent out about 12:30 p.m. The city of Downey tweeted about 3 p.m. to explain the notification was released using a new emergency notification system and only intended for residents in the area.

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