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Gas leak concerns after Milford landslide

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/09/2016 Cleo Mary Fraser

Several buildings and a wharf at Milford Sound have been evacuated after rock from a landslide hit large LPG bottles causing several to leak.

A large chunk of a hill at the tourist hot spot smashed into a storage shed on Thursday morning following a wild night of heavy rain, high winds and snow across the country.

No one was injured but a 100 metre area has been cordoned off after it was discovered some of the 20 LPG bottles stored in the shed had been damaged and were leaking.

Dean Chalmers, the fire service assistant area commander for Southland, says firefighters at the scene were monitoring the situation while hazard material experts make their way to the area.

"We're taking every precaution necessary," he told NZ Newswire, adding that a cover had been placed over the bottles.

Mr Chalmers said there were concerns a second slip could occur which may further damage the bottles.

Boat and bus tours heading to Milford Sound have been turned back or cancelled.

The storage shed, used by several local businesses, sits adjacent to a Department of Conservation Visitors Centre.

About half the building was destroyed.

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