A gas line ruptured yesterday outside the Elkridge Corner shopping center near the U.S. 1 intersection with Montgomery Road, leading to an evacuation of shop owners and minor traffic delays, police said.
About 50 people were evacuated about 8 a.m. from the shops in the 7200 block of Montgomery Road, many of which were not open at the time of the break, police said.
The block was closed off for about 45 minutes while crews worked to shut off the pipeline, a police spokesman said, .
The line was broken when a backhoe being used for construction work along the road hit it, said Peggy Mulloy, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
Gas service was restored by 11:30 a.m. to the 20 stores that lost service.
* Ellicott City: 3700 block of St. Paul St.: Someone tried to steal a 1992 Ford Explorer by twisting out its ignition Sunday, police said.
9200 block of U.S. 40: Someone stole a gray 1989 Chevrolet Blazer that its owner had parked with its engine running in front of the Giant store at Chatham Mall on Saturday. Police said the vehicle, Maryland tags 275448M, was stolen after the driver went into the store briefly.