A small tractor seems to have broken a gas pipe at around 1 p.m., closing traffic down Mission between 21st and 22nd. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

The block reeks of gas this afternoon as Mission Street between 21st and 22nd streets was closed to traffic due to a leak.

A small tractor outside of the Balancoire restaurant seems to have “dug into a pipe,” as one firefighter on the scene said, shutting down the entire block to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians are also being asked to use the opposite side of the street, but no one is being evacuated as of yet. Firefighters said that it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour before the leak is plugged, but that there’s no definite timeline, since “it’s all up to PG&E.”

Trucks belonging to Arrow Construction have been working on the street in front of Balancoire, but no confirmation as of yet about the nature of the project, nor whether it was Arrow Construction that broke the pipe.

At 1 p.m. a blue PG&E truck arrived at the scene, so we can expect repairs to begin soon and for police to remove their roadblock, allowing cars (and buses!) to continue down the busy Mission thoroughfare.

At 1:20 p.m. the block was open again for pedestrian traffic.

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Joe was born in Sweden, where the Chilean half of his family received asylum after fleeing Pinochet, and spent his early childhood in Chile; he moved to Oakland when he was eight. He attended Stanford University for political science and worked at Mission Local as a reporter after graduating. He then spent time in advocacy as a partner for the strategic communications firm The Worker Agency. He rejoined Mission Local as an editor in 2023.

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  1. it “stinks of gasoline”? That makes no sense.

    maybe you mean it stinks of natural gas.

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