A crew was doing intersection work at the corner of Williams and Jackson when they broke a two inch natural gas main. When emergency workers arrived, gas was spewing in the air.
Bellevue Community Fire Chief Dave Burkett says that's actually a good thing. If the gas was trapped in the ground it would look for the quickest exit, usually someone's basement. All basements in the immediate area were checked and cleared, however.
That didn't stop the evacuations of around 20 homes, though. About eight square blocks were shut down to traffic as well.
By 9:30 the gas line had been secured and people were allowed back into their homes.