BUSINESSES are closed and traffic is being diverted as emergency crews attend to a major gas leak in Maryborough's CBD.
BUSINESSES are closed and traffic is being diverted as emergency crews attend to a major gas leak in Maryborough's CBD.

ROLLING COVERAGE: Gas leak emergency in Maryborough CBD

UPDATE 7pm: The PSPA has now been revoked.

UPDATE 3pm:

MARYBOROUGH Patrol Group Inspector Tony Clowes is urging pedestrians and motorists to stay clear of the incident area.

Power has been cut as emergency crews remain on scene at Kent St, where a major gas leak was reported at noon.

Insp Clowes said Gasworks crews were at the scene examining the area.

Crews shut off the gas safely to minimise disruption.

A number of businesses in the area evacuated voluntarily.

UPDATE 2pm: 

The CBD remains locked down more than two hours after the discovery of a gas leak.

Emergency crews are on scene and evacuations have been ordered.

An exclusion zone is in place with people urged to avoid the area.

People are being urged to avoid the area.
People are being urged to avoid the area.

UPDATE 1.30pm: Physikal Sports Massage employee Courtney Alexander said the smell was "horrendous" when the gas first started leaking this morning.

Police informed staff to stay indoors and within 100m and if it got worse they wound be evacuated.

They have since been told someone from the gas company has turned off the gas.

The business has cancelled appointments and home visits to their clients as a result.

Evacuations have been ordered and an exclusion zone is in place.
Evacuations have been ordered and an exclusion zone is in place.

EARLIER 1.15pm: 

BUSINESSES are closed and traffic is being diverted as emergency crews attend to a major gas leak in Maryborough's CBD.

Fraser Coast Chronicle reporter Boni Holmes, who is at the scene, described crews dousing the area with water.

Rust-coloured water is bubbling out of the ground.

Traffic is being diverted along Adelaide St and surrounds.

The PSPA declaration covers the area of Kent and Adelaide streets, Lennox, John and Ellena streets and the Woolworths carpark.

A Queensland Police spokesperson said the area would be closed for up to six hours.

More information to come.