UPDATE 3 p.m.: US158 has reopened for traffic.

CAMDEN COUNTY -- Several businesses have been evacuated and Highway 158 between Upton Road and NC343 is closed due to a natural gas leak.

According to the Camden County Sheriff's Office, Ambrose Signs was installing a new sign and hit a four-inch main line around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Several businesses were evacuated. Children at the Precious Gifts Educational Center were transferred to the Camden Courthouse for parents to pick them up.

Traffic is re-routed down Upton Road, Seymour Drive and NC343 North, officials said.

Piedmont Natural Gas Company is repairing the line, which could take several hours.

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