Residents have been evacuated from their homes in Luton after a construction worker drilled through a gas pipe on Crawley Green Road.
Contractors have been working on the site to create the second part of the town’s inner ring road, though work stopped this morning due to the incident.
Fire crews were called at 11.35am to the corner of Crawley Green Road and Crescent Road, with police arriving shortly after.
Homes on Crescent Road and Hart Lane have been evacuated while work is undertaken to control the leak.
Police have cordoned off a 200m radius around the pipe.
A Beds Police spokesperson told Luton News restrictions would remain in place for ‘at least’ two hours.