Tayside and Central Scotland

Homes evacuated near Grangemouth due to gas leak

Image caption An exclusion zone was put in place at the scene as repair work was carried out

Homes were evacuated and a section of the M9 slip road closed near Grangemouth as emergency repairs were carried out on a leaking fractured gas main.

A 50m exclusion zone was put place and 25 premises close to Glensburgh Road were evacuated as a precaution.

The A905 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said gas was escaping from a large mains pipe measuring 250mm in diameter.

Crews were called out to the fracture on Glensburgh Road in Grangemouth at about 10:20.

A fire service spokesman said: "The incident commander immediately requested a 100m exclusion zone to ensure the safety of the public with the assistance of Police Scotland colleagues.

"Evacuation of surrounding premises has also been undertaken as a precautionary measure.

"At the same time one large water curtain spray and one large firefighting jet were set up to assist in the dispersal of the escaping gas."

Repair work on the gas main will continue for the next few days.

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