A National Grid emergency services crew is on the scene at an Inwood shopping center after a backhoe digging a trench struck and ruptured a gas line early Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of nearby stores, police and fire officials said.
National Grid spokeswoman Elizabeth Margulies said crews arrived on the scene at 9:54 a.m. She said it was unclear how long it would take to repair the ruptured pipe.
A 911 caller reported the leak was at the rear of a new Lowe's home improvement store, officials said. The pipe was apparently ruptured by a backhoe, officials said.
Nassau County police said the area had been evacuated.
Margulies, the National Grid spokeswoman, said there were no reported injuries.