Dominion Energy officials said a third-party contractor struck a gas line shortly after 4:30 p.m.
Fayetteville Street was closed between Umstead Street and Linwood Avenue, and homes and businesses within a one-block radius of the leak were evacuated.
"I can’t even pass the tape. I’m trying to go home," Cortez said.
Cortez said the April gas explosion downtown comes to mind now whenever there’s a gas leak.
"I’m kind of nervous, very anxious because you never know," he said. "This is right near my house. This is where not only me but the whole community is affected."
Crews were able to shut off the gas by 7:30 p.m., but Fayetteville Street remained shut down late Monday.