UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters hose down the intersection of Magellan and Diadem streets in Lismore after a gas pipe was ruptured yesterday afternoon.
UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters hose down the intersection of Magellan and Diadem streets in Lismore after a gas pipe was ruptured yesterday afternoon. Cathy Adams

Gas leak closes Lismore streets

A RUPTURED gas main caused the closure of two Lismore streets yesterday as emergency services scrambled to isolate the leak.

Contractors installing telecommunication cables under Diadem Street hit the pipe about 2pm.

They told The Northern Star they had spent the morning identifying underground pipes and cables through the national Dial Before You Dig service and had identified all ‘asserts’ known to be in the area.

“There wasn’t supposed to be any gas pipe there,” said one contractor, who asked not to be named.

Police and council workers closed off Diadem Street, from Ballina Road to Lismore Shopping Square, and Magellan Street, from Hunter to Brewster streets, for three hours while repairs were carried out.

The NSW Fire Brigade responded, with the Goonellabah Hazmat unit hosing down the area to liquefy the escaping gas while firefighters monitored any gas build-ups in drains and culverts.

Station commander Ian Grimwood said the area was safe within 20 minutes of Elgas shutting off the ruptured pipe.

Elgas customer service manager Michael Jackson said the problem was now contained, but he wouldn’t know more until they had ‘dug it up to have a look’.

At this stage it is not known why the gas line was not mapped, but it is believed some of Lismore’s underground gas mains could be over 100 years old.



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