WONTHAGGI is open for business after a gas leak forced the evacuation of half the central business district today.
An excavator operator hit the junction of three natural gas pipes in Moyle Lane behind the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.
Police evacuated workers and shoppers from the block bordered by McBride Avenue, and Graham, Murray and McKenzie streets. Up to 500 people were reportedly moved from the area.
Country Fire Authority volunteers from Wonthaggi, Inverloch and other brigades worked to shut off gas.
The CFA reported the leak as under control at 2pm today and advised gas may still be smelt in the area.
Bass Coast Shire Council has established an area for displaced people at the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre on the corner of McKenzie and Bent streets.
The CFA urged people to open windows and doors to ventilate their home or business.
People experiencing symptoms that may be due to chemical exposure, should contact the Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
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