Gas leak prompts evacuations, power outages in downtown Puyallup

UPDATE: The leak was capped and people in the area were able to return to home and work about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

More than 1,250 people were without power and some had to be evacuated due to a gas leak in downtown Puyallup.

It happened early Tuesday morning when a construction crew hit a gas line, prompting evacuations within 500 feet of the leak and shelter-in-place orders for anyone living within 1,500 feet of the leak.

PSE shut down power in the downtown Puyallup area as a precaution, and a several-block area near Pioneer & Meridian streets has been shut down for traffic and evacuations.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with questions about the gas leak can call the Puyallup Emergency Management Department at 253-864-4170. This line is only for questions. Do not use this number to report an emergency.