A strong scent of natural gas hung over much of east Regina on Tuesday afternoon after a gas leak on Eastgate Drive just west of Prince of Wales Drive.

SaskEnergy was called to the scene around 1:30 p.m. after a construction crew struck a gas line.

Several businesses in the area were forced to shut down for the afternoon, including Creekside Pub and China Liang’s Buffet.

SaskEnergy shut off gas to the damaged section of pipe to assess the damage. The leak was repaired around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Service wasn't interrupted to nearby condos and businesses during the leak.