Sydney’s Central Business District Shut Down by Large Gas Leak
A ruptured gas main at Martin Place forced the evacuation of Martin Place Station and the lockdown of parts of Sydney’s CBD.
SYDNEY CBD | #FRNSW have approx 50 firefighters at a major gas leak in Martin Place near Castlereagh St. Large areas of the city have been evacuated and closed to traffic. Gas company reps are working to shut down the gas line.
— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) July 6, 2018
Train service resumed on Sunday, July 8, after being halted Friday night and Saturday.
Gas was rushing out of a broken line making a noise so loud that NSW Member of Parliament Catherine Cusack described it as “unbelievable.”
“It’s a major emergency, the noise is literally deafening,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cusack told the Herald that her residential block near Castlereagh Street and Martin Place, near where the metro station is being built, was sealed off and gas was “still blasting” at 12.30 a.m.
Wow massive gas leak in Martin Place I am inside a lock down zone pic.twitter.com/ANq5FGp94s
— Catherine Cusack (@katieqs) July 6, 2018
People in the neighborhood started smelling gas around 10:30 p.m. on July 6. The stench and the noise grew steadily for a couple of hours. The smell of gas travelled as far as St. James Place.
Gas leak at Martin Place. Can smell it from the bus stops near St James. Roads cordoned off with police cars.
— Sarah McPhee (@_SarahMcPhee) July 6, 2018
Elliot Oliver and his friends thought the sound was a thunderstorm, until they stepped outside.
“As we left the building, the sound was deafening, as if there were thousands of industrial fans right in front of you,” he told the Herald. “A police officer was standing outside and looked really surprised, telling us to get out of the area immediately.”
Buses in the Sydney CBD are diverting College and Macquarie Street due to a ruptured gas main in Martin Place. Allow additional travel time.
— Buses East (@BusesEast) July 6, 2018
New South Wales Fire and Rescue and Hazmat trucks responded to the scene. An NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said the leak was temporarily plugged on the morning of Sunday, July 8.
“They can’t actually clamp it down at the moment,” he said. “They’ve managed to put a plug in it, but it may not necessarily hold. As soon as they can shut the leak, we will take a final [gas] reading and open the area back up.”
A large part of the #sydney #CBD is currently closed due to high pressure gas leak somewhere around #martinplace evacuations underway #sydney #australia #photography #newsphotography #nswfireandrescue pic.twitter.com/KQ4Gu6DDgD
— Gordon McComiskie (@ausnewshound) July 6, 2018
The Daily Telegraph reported that the leak was caused by construction workers who didn’t realize that a gas main lay just below the asphalt they were digging up.
Police asked people to check out alternate routes if they planned to travel through that part of the city.
Diversions are still in place around Sydney CBD due to reports of a major gas leak. If you are planning to come into the city this morning, motorists are urged to check https://t.co/t5HOqMnfIJ for alternate routes. Bus and rail services are also affected.
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) July 6, 2018
Plenty of people who experienced the leak discussed it on social media.
— Leeleemceee (@leeleemcee) July 6, 2018
Strange noises gas stink, emergency services around Martin Place #SYDNEY recommend staying away!
— Kent Johnson (@KentJohnson) July 6, 2018
Martin Place and surrounds shut down. Lots of noise.
Police are saying massive gas leak.
— Troy Rollo (@troy_rollo) July 6, 2018
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