Businesses along Main Street were evacuated for almost two hours on Friday morning, after a construction crew damaged a gas line near Main Street and Tamarisk Avenue.

The Hesperia station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was called at 8:16 a.m. Friday morning.

A construction crew had apparently "nicked a three-inch natural gas line," said Roxanne Walker, the spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.

"People in the area were reporting [smelling] gas."

Natural gas is mostly odorless and colorless methane, but other chemicals are added to create a distinct odor so that gas leaks can be safely detected.

"The fire department responded, Southwest Gas responded," Walker said.

Upon arriving on the scene, Southwest Gas workers went into affected businesses "with their little meters," Walker said, "But said there was no need to evacuate."

While gas company employees worked to repair the leak, Main Street between Maple and Topaz Avenues was shut down, and traffic diverted to parallel streets.

"They were blocked off for an hour and a half, two hours," Walker said. Main Street was reopened to civilian traffic around 10 a.m., she said.

"There were a few businesses that were evacuated, but only because of the smell," Walker said.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.