Work stopping a major gas leak in Auckland was hindered when a water main in the same spot also burst.
The gas leak in Blockhouse Bay saw streets cordoned off and traffic diverted, though no one was evacuated.
But as work was underway plugging the gas main, the water main burst.
Glen Eden station officer Richard Knight said: "We got a call just before 3pm that a gas main had ruptured. A large industrial digger from Downer Construction had hit a gas main.
"We advised residents and shop keepers to remain indoors. It was fixed a short time after by Vector but then a water main burst beside it. It was a coincidence. Water was released and went into storm water drains. Watercare turned water off around 4.30pm."
He said if the gas had reached an ignition source then there could have been an explosion.
"It was lucky that that the wind was blowing fast and the gas was dispersing quick."
Owner of Glenavon Pharmacy Michael Mishriki had to close his shop because of the leak.
"Police advised us to close the shop as they didn't want gas coming inside. Today's been a complete write-off. There's no point being here. It's a bit devastating really.
"We've had no passers-by and a patient who had to pick up her weekly prescription had to be let in by police. It's been quite hard on a small business."
The mains were punctured during construction work underway around Holbrook Rd and Blockhouse Bay Road and Tiverton Rd.
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