NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — An early-morning gas leak disrupted business as usual near the city's downtown, according to officials.

Around 8:15 a.m. today, Aug. 17, a contractor damaged a gas line near 226 George St., a spokesperson for the utilities provider PSE&G, Brooke Houston, told TAPinto New Brunswick. That stretch of road is near Hassart and Carman streets, according to the city.

PSE&G employees who came to the scene “made the area safe” and “isolated the problem,” Houston said. They got to work fixing the problem and expected to finish the job early this afternoon, she said.

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The incident left one customer without gas service, according to PSE&G.

The repairs also forced New Brunswick police to shut down George Street between Hassart and Carman streets, according to a Nixle alert.

City cops said the closing would remain “throughout the day,” possibly causing traffic delays. Police asked drivers to follow detour signs and officers' guidance in the area.