Clarendon Street has been shut down between Park and Bridport Street, South Melbourne due to a “major” gas leak.
VicEmergency issued a warning around midday about a “high pressure natural gas leak” after a digger hit a gas line.
An MFB spokeswoman urged the public to:
“Please avoid the area. It is anticipated that this will be a protracted incident,” she said.
Businesses have been evacuated and local residents warned to stay away.
Use Cecil Street or Moray Street instead if you are driving in the area.