Gas leak forces evacuation of Sydney Opera House area


Fire and Rescue NSW said crews were on the scene at around 3:45pm on Tuesday afternoon.

“Approximately 500 people have been evacuated from the concourse and adjoining restaurants,” FRNSW said.

“Gas company is at work and firefighters are monitoring atmosphere for gas levels.”

Macquarie Street has been closed in both directions. Motorists have been advised to take Albert Street instead and expect traffic delays.

2GB reporter Tamara Wearne said a gas main had been hit during construction.

“People have been evacuated from the building, part of the Botanic Gardens and a nearby residential block,” she wrote on Twitter.

“NSW Police have blocked off the forecourt. Still a strong smell of gas.”

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