PHOTO: Ultra Tune East Maitland
More than 30 firefighters are frantically working to contain a major gas leak in East Maitland which has seen ten people evacuated.
It was ruptured at 9am on Tuesday by an excavator working on the Turton Street and Fieldsend Street intersections, with diversions in place at Curtin Street.
A 100 metre exclusion zone has been set up while Fire and Rescue is urging the community to avoid the area.
Workers wearing breathing apparatuses are trying to repair the line, however it's expected to take some time.