A gas main in Churton Park, Wellington, has exploded and around 50 houses in the area have been evacuated.
Emergency services were called to the explosion on Westchester Dr at about 2pm on Tuesday.
A digger hit the gas mains and electric line, sparking a fire, which is now under control.
A police spokeswoman said the explosion had sparked a small vegetation fire in the area.
Power was cut to some houses, and a cordon remains in the area.
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