Road closed and evacuated after digger cuts gas main in north-west Auckland

The fire service were called to a gas leak in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon
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The fire service were called to a gas leak in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon

A digger struck a large gas main in West Auckland, forcing the temporary closure of a main road and the evacuation of the immediate area.

Emergency services closed a 2.5km stretch of road between Totara Rd and the Brigham Creek Rd roundabout in Whenuapai just after 1pm on Wednesday.

Fire communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said the main was "clamped" and the gas leak fixed just after 2.30pm, and the road opened soon after.

The road between Totara Rd and the Brigham Creek Rd round about was closed after a digger cut into a gas main.
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The road between Totara Rd and the Brigham Creek Rd round about was closed after a digger cut into a gas main.

The industrial area around the leak was evacuated as a precaution.

The main supplied natural gas, mainly methane, to households, and was highly flammable.

He said the area was evacuated due to the risk of a potential explosion if the gas came into contact with an ignition source. 

The digger was believed to be doing earth works in the area when it struck the main. 

St John Ambulance were notified and police were also involved.

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