Several stores in Mays Landing were evacuated Thursday morning after a construction crew damaged a natural gas line.

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Police responded to the Festival Mall Shopping Center between the Black Horse Pike and Route 40 in Mays Landing around 9:30 Thursday morning after a report of an underground natural gas line that was damaged during construction in a parking lot.

Police say contractors were working in the area behind Jo-Ann Fabrics, drilling holes for parking lot lighting to be installed. While drilling, a natural gas line was struck, causing a leak.

A few stores in the shopping center were briefly evacuated as a precaution. No injuries were reported and all of the stores opened after repairs were made.

 

SOURCE: Hamilton Township Police Department press release