According to the New York Post:

Workers accidentally hit a gas pipe in downtown Brooklyn Saturday morning, starting a leak that shut down traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, officials said.

A high-pressure pipe was struck with a backhoe during construction work at Jay Street and Tillary Street, near the entrance of the bridge, a Fire Department source said.

The mishap comes just days after a massive gas explosion at an East Village building sparked an inferno that destroyed it and two adjacent buildings.

“It’s scary, you don’t want another tragedy like to happen again,” said Terrence Samways, 44, a building engineer who works on nearby Adams Street. “You’re lucky it didn’t blow up right then and there.”

“We’ve been literally blown away by gas and smoke since we’ve been here,” said Costa.