Emergency services in Dunedin have said it is safe for the public and businesses to return to an area of the city centre evacuated after a gas leak.
All premises in the vicinity of Albion Lane are again open for business following the rupture of a gas main at a construction site in the lane about 8.45am.
A large scale evacuation of premises in the area was undertaken by the New Zealand Fire Service, assisted by police and cordons were put in place including around the Harvest Court Mall.
The New Zealand Fire Service had been working to dissipate any gas residues following the incident and this is now completed.
A cordon remains in place in a small area of Albion Lane as a precautionary measure and this continues to be monitored.
However emergency services have said there is no longer any threat to members of the public or business owners and staff in the area.
Traffic flows have returned to normal after pedestrian and vehicle traffic were significantly disrupted.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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