YAKIMA, Wash. - A block in downtown Yakima evacuates after a backhoe punctures a gas line.
It happened just after 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Yakima Fire Department set up a one-block perimeter around the gas leak from 2nd to 3rd Avenue and from Maple to Pine Street, said David Willson, battalion chief with the Yakima Fire Department.
A backhoe was working in an alley when it hit a gas line and firefighters evacuated several residents for safety reasons, Willson said.
"With the wind blowing a lot of the danger is gone," Willson said. "If it's dangerous to people and we're afraid of gas collecting, we'll go in a plug the leak ourselves just to mitigate the circumstance right away, but with the wind blowing, it's fairly safe."