Businesses in the 3400-block of Douglas Street were evacuated after a gas leak Wednesday (Sept. 15). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Businesses in the 3400-block of Douglas Street were evacuated after a gas leak Wednesday (Sept. 15). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

UPDATE: Business back to usual after Saanich gas leak

No disruption to Galloping Goose, Highway 1 traffic

Crews are cleaning up after a gas leak behind a building in the 3400-block of Douglas Street.

While McLaren Lighting and surrounding businesses were evacuated around noon Wednesday, the nearby highway and Galloping Goose Trail remained in use. A natural gas company was on the scene to repair the odorous leak alongside emergency response as of noon. Staff and shoppers were permitted to return inside at around 1 p.m. once it was deemed safe to do so.

Witnesses said an excavator operator hit a two-inch gas line adjacent to a wooden sewage pipe that was in the process of being replaced, causing the leak.

READ ALSO: Gas leak in Saanich following ‘proactive maintenance’

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