Sheffield homes evacuated over suspected gas leak

A blue and white line of gas can be seen erupting from Oakbrook Road, Sheffield. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
A blue and white line of gas can be seen erupting from Oakbrook Road, Sheffield. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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DOZENS of homes have been evacuated after a suspected gas leak near Bingham Park in Sheffield.

Dramatic pictures show a blue/white line of gas erupting from the road which has now been cordoned off, while the loud sound of gas rushing from the pipe can be heard up to 1,000 metres away.

Emergency services at the scene of a gas leak on Oakbrook Road in Sheffield.

Emergency services at the scene of a gas leak on Oakbrook Road in Sheffield.

Emergency services and gas board engineers were called to the scene this morning.

South Yorkshire Fire service tweeted: “Some homes on Oakbrook Rd, Sheffield are being evacuated as a precaution due to suspect gas leak. Gas board on scene.”

A National Grid spokesman said: “We were called at 10.23am and we arrived on site at 10.50am.

“We found that a third party has damaged one of our steel gas pipes.

A blue and white line of gas can be seen erupting from Oakbrook Road, Sheffield. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A blue and white line of gas can be seen erupting from Oakbrook Road, Sheffield. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

“We have been working with emergency services to put an exclusion zone in place and the police have evacuated some properties, purely as a safety precaution and also so we can get in to do our work.

“It’s one of those processes that takes time. We have to reduce the gas pressure but we want to ensure that we don’t lose anyone’s gas supply.

“Nobody has been injured and nobody has lost their gas supply.

“Our message is to avoid the area while we carry out emergency repairs.”