DALLAS Traffic in West Dallas was diverted around the site of a natural gas line break on Tuesday afternoon.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said a construction crew was installing a fence around the parking lot at the Dallas Housing Authority headquarters in the 3900 block of North Hampton Road when drilling equipment severed a two-inch line around 3:15 p.m.

The invisible and potentially explosive gas could be seen spewing dust into the air, but there was no fire.

Dallas police were called in to shut down traffic in both directions on adjacent Hampton Road as a precaution. He said no evacuations were ordered and no one was hurt.

Workers and clients inside the DHA building were asked to shelter in place until the gas could be shut off and the air cleared, Evans said.

Atmos Energy was said the supply to the gas line was shut off shortly after 5 o'clock, and traffic was allowed to resume on Hampton Road.

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