Federal Highway reopens after workers strike gas line

Nearby shopping plaza evacuated

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – All lanes of Federal Highway were closed Tuesday in Deerfield Beach after construction workers struck a natural gas line.

Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said construction workers damaged the gas line feeding a nearby shopping plaza just before noon.

Kane said the line was damaged while a construction company was trying to remove a palm tree.

All southbound and northbound lanes of Federal Highway were closed north of Hillsboro Boulevard while workers capped the leak.

The shopping plaza was evacuated as a precaution.

Federal Highway reopened once workers capped the leak.