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City museum and gallery evacuated

The Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic has been evacuated following reports of smoke in the building.

ACT Fire & Rescue has responded to the scene in London Circuit with three fire trucks and a commander.

Update to follow.

Update two – Major gas line ruptured at Richardson

ACT Fire & Rescue remain on scene at the gas leak.

Gas contractors continue to work on repairing the damaged infrastructure.

A smelling agent has been added to the gas and firefighters continue to conduct atmospheric monitoring to ensure the safety of workers and the surrounding area.

Fire crews expect to remain on scene well into tonight at this stage.

Update – Major gas pipeline ruptured in Richardson

Gas pipeline contractors are on scene working to contain then shut off the leak.

ACT Fire & Rescue HAZMAT crew is now on scene conducting atmospheric monitoring in the area where the repair team is working.

ACT Policing is also on scene managing traffic.

It’s expected fire crews will remain on scene for several hours at this stage.

Major gas pipeline ruptured in Richardson

A 150 metre exclusion zone has been put in place as a precaution at Richardson following a major gas leak.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident in the corner of Ashley Drive and Johnson Drive at 10:38 this morning.

Firefighters arrived a short time later to discover a major gas pipeline had been ruptured by contractors.

There are two fire crews on scene with temporary road closures being put in place. For more information on road closures follow ACT Policing’s Twitter traffic account www.twitter.com/ACTPol_Traffic