ACT Fire & Rescue is on the scene of a gas leak in Franklin.
Two fire pumpers, the HAZMAT crew and a commander responded to the incident on the corner of Henry Kendall Street and Manning Clarke Crescent just after 2:30pm.
The rupture is believed to have occurred after soil shifted unexpectedly on top of the gas pipeline in an open trench.
Occupants of several nearby houses were advised by firefighters to remain inside, keep doors and windows closed and not use electrical appliances.
Contractors has shut off the gas supply and are now working to repair the damaged section of pipe.