Heritage Gas said the leak is a result of the gas line being hit during line-extension work conducted by a contractor on Fenwick Street in the South Park Street area.
[HALIFAX, NS] - Heritage Gas crews have now shut off the gas to south-end Halifax due to a major leak, but are working to repair the broken pipe.
Halifax Regional Fire Service and police are also working to control the area.
Police say the area bordered by Tower Road to Queen Street, and Victoria Road to Morris Street is closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to the gas leak, which occurred today at 9:40 a.m.
According to a release, Heritage Gas said the leak is a result of the gas line being hit during line-extension work conducted by a contractor on Fenwick Street in the South Park Street area.
Officers are on scene now re-directing traffic, and residents and businesses have been evacuated.
The fire department said via Twitter people would be allowed back in their homes within two to three hours.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use alternate routes, and power has been shut to thousands of people stretching from Quinpool Road to Lower Water Street and Spring Garden Road to Point Pleasant Park.
Nova Scotia Power is reporting that power could be restored to areas by 12:30 p.m.
In a press release, Heritage Gas says it plans to conduct a complete review with its contractor, appropriate regulators and emergency responders to determine whether any changes should be made in the future to prevent such situations from occurring.