Punctured natural gas line prompts road closure in Menifee

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A gas main was punctured at a construction site in Menifee today, prompting firefighters to shut down a road.The rupture was reported about 9:35 a.m. in the area of Calle Tomas and Newport Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.The agency said several engine crews were sent to the location and discovered that workers at a development had inadvertently struck a two-inch diameter line, causing natural gas to escape.No evacuations of surrounding residences was ordered, but crews and Menifee police officers closed Newport for a half-mile going in both directions as a precaution, according to reports from the scene.SoCal Gas technicians were summoned to make repairs, which were expected to be completed in the early afternoon hours.The gas company offers free
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