A gas leak caused by a construction mishap this morning prompted evacuation of five homes in the Mountain View area, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A construction mishap in a Mountain View-area neighborhood caused a gas leak that prompted evacuations of nearby homes Thursday while utility crews worked to halt the spewing fumes.

The flammable vapors began wafting through the residential area just east of Interstate 15 and south of Ocean View Boulevard shortly before 8:30 a.m., when a worker with a private contractor inadvertently cut a 2-inch- diameter pipeline near the intersection of Teak and South 38th streets, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

While repair personnel were en route, firefighters evacuated five residences near the site of the leak and police shut down a bus stop just to the north.

Crews had the leak halted by shortly after 10:30 a.m., SDG&E spokeswoman Sara Prince said. All seven homes temporarily left without natural- gas service due to the accident were back online as of early afternoon, she said.

No ill health effects were reported among those potentially exposed to the airborne gas.

Updated at 12:45 p.m. May 9, 2019

–City News Service

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