MOUNT VERNON - A gas leak forced some residents to be evacuated in Mount Vernon this morning.

Fire officials say a construction crew ruptured a pipeline with a backhoe just before 11 a.m. today on Dunham Avenue right off East Sandford Boulevard.

Twenty people from 16 homes were told to leaves their houses.

A stretch of the street was blocked off as crews worked to repair the leak. Con Ed utility crews arrived on the scene and quickly shut off the gas and put a temporary cap on the leak as they repaired the break.

People were only outside for about 20 minutes before being allowed back in their homes.

Fire officials say no one was overcome by gas or hurt. They also say the gas line that ruptured was fairly new.