Gas leak in central city

05:32, Aug 07 2012
Emergency services, including three fire crews, were called to the scene on Worley Pl at 4:05pm.
Emergency services, including three fire crews, were called to the scene on Worley Pl at 4:05pm.

Several businesses had to be evacuated this afternoon after a gas main was ruptured in Hamilton's central city.

Emergency services, including three fire crews, were called to the scene on Worley Pl at 4:05pm.

Businesses on the side opposite Centre Place had to be evacuated, a cordon was put in place and businesses on the other side of the road were told to close their doors and not let anyone outside.

Robert Harris co-owner Deborah Christiansen said a "horrible smell" wafted through the street as the gas leaked from a ruptured pipe.

A loud hissing sound was also reported.

It is understood the cordon will be lifted at about 5:10pm.

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