A ruptured gas line summoned Albany firefighters to a residential construction site near the intersection of Water Avenue and Hill Street on Wednesday afternoon.

A worker struck the 2-inch high pressure line at about 1:50 p.m. with his excavator while digging a hole to place a street lamp. The leak rushing from the ground under the excavator could be heard hissing from several yards away.

Because the leak was not filling an enclosed space, and because light winds dissipated the gas, Albany Fire Lt. Mark Bernt said there was no immediate danger to the public. Using a handheld meter designed to detect dangerous gas levels, known as Load Explosive Limits, fire officials were able to determine there was no immediate danger.

A crew from Northwest Natural arrived on scene to shut off the gas flow in order to repair the line.

Contact reporter Neil Zawicki at 541-812-6099 or neil.zawicki@lee.net