Police have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety and Preservation Act (PSPA) due to a major gas leak in Maryborough this morning.
Officers were called to Kent Street around 11.20am following reports of a ruptured gas main.
The PSPA was declared at 12.02pm and an exclusion zone has been put in place in the immediate vicinity.
The declaration covers the area of Kent and Adelaide Streets,Lennox, John and Ellena Streets and the Woolworths carpark.
Motorists and pedestrians are urged to avoid the area.