DUBLIN -- A retail store and restaurant on Dublin Boulevard were evacuated for a short time Monday morning after a construction crew tore through a gas line, an Alameda County Fire spokeswoman said.

The breach happened at 10:44 a.m. when a backhoe hit the pipe and opened a hole between 1 1/2 and 2 inches wide at a construction site between Grafton and Brannigan streets, spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

The site was located behind a Target building in the 2800 block of Dublin Boulevard, and crews evacuated the store as a precaution, Knowles said. A BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse located near the Target also was evacuated, she said.

Nobody was injured and no sicknesses were reported as a result of the leak, Knowles said. PG&E crews secured the gas line at about 11 a.m. and shoppers were expected to be let back into Target shortly thereafter, she said.

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