Businesses evacuated after gas leak
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S main street businesses were hastily evacuated yesterday when a gas leak threatened to turn the street into a blazing inferno.
Police yesterday diverted traffic on Goondoon, Yarroon, Roseberry and Auckland streets after workmen ruptured a gas line in the area of the Gladstone Entertainment Centre car park.
Workers poured out of offices and shops and were directed to wait in selected areas upwind of the gas leak.
Emergency services messages flooded the airwaves during the emergency which lasted barely 30 minutes.
'The gas is coming out at a million miles an hour ? We will have to evacuate (everyone) from the area ? if it blows it will take the whole block out,' it was overheard during the emergency.
Sergeant Marcus Cryer said police received word of the gas line rupture about 10.45am.
"An emergency situation was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act by (Police) District Inspector Rowan Bond,'' he said.
Sgt Cryer said police called a local gas company to secure the gas line.
The evacuation was then called off.
He said there were no injuries caused by the leak. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service was also on standby during the emergency.
A strong smell of gas permeated a number of shops which had to be aired before people were allowed to enter. The rupture had nothing to do with the Gladstone City Council work on the Library Square project.
Sgt Cryer said the rupture happened during excavation for a driveway at a Goondoon Street business.