World Sydney Opera House is evacuated after visitors noticed a gas smell
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Sydney Opera House was evacuated on Sunday afternoon after visitors noticed a 'strong smell of gas' coming from the building.
Fire and Rescue NSW said a gas technician was called at about 3.15pm. Fortunately no shows were on at the time of the evacuation.
'We're working with hazardous crews to establish where the leak is coming from,' a spokesman said.
About 20 firefighters in two fire trucks, arrived on the scene, as well as an ambulance and the hazmat response unit.
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Fire and Rescue NSW said the gas leak came from either the iconic building's suppression system or sprinkler system.
The smell was caused by nitrogen that came from the faulty system.
'On arrival crews discovered that there were elevated levels of gas in parts of the building,' a spokesman said.
'We are currently waiting on the arrival of the gas company; we do have hazardous material crews who are going around monitoring the scene to ensure the gas stays at safe levels.'
Visitors continue to file out of the building, while no one has been allowed to enter.
A gas company truck was on the scene but left at about 4.20pm.
Meanwhile the nearby Bennelong restaurant remains open with diners still inside.
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