UPDATE: Auckland St reopened after suspicious device detonated
11.26pm: THE emergency situation at Auckland St has been officially revoked.
A Queensland police spokesperson said police were yet to confirm the specific nature of the device and investigations were continuing.
Auckland St has been reopened.
10.25pm: TWO large explosions have been heard in the vicinity of the Auckland St area where an emergency situation was declared earlier this evening.
A police spokesperson confirmed the noises came from controlled detonations.
The first blast was heard about 10pm, followed by a second, louder blast 15 minutes later.
8.43pm: RESIDENTS of two addresses on Auckland St have been evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious device.
A police spokesperson confirmed the evacuations and said police were still examining the device.
The emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act remains in place.
One of the evacuated addresses is understood to an Auckland St unit complex between Walsh St and Bonar St which was the site of an alleged homicide earlier this week.
7.30pm: AUCKLAND Street is closed from Walsh St through to Bonar St as a result of the emergency situation declared in South Gladstone this evening.
Police cars are parked on Auckland St at either end of the declared area, and police are redirecting pedestrians and traffic away from the area.
Police are advising residents who live within the emergency declared area to stay inside their houses.
At least two ambulances and a fire truck are parked within the emergency declared area.
A police media spokesperson said a media release would be issued should circumstances regarding the emergency situation change.
7.08pm: POLICE have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act following the discovery of a suspicious device in South Gladstone this afternoon.
Police say the device was located at 1pm in a lane way behind an address on Auckland Street.
The location is in close proximity to where police were searching earlier today for evidence relating to an alleged homicide that occurred on Monday evening.
The emergency declaration was made at 6.35pm for a small section of Auckland Street to enable officers to examine the device.
Investigations are continuing.
Updates to follow.