A GAS leak in Sale on Friday caused an evacuation of Raymond St businesses from Stawell to Macarthur Sts.
Contractors working on a Desailly St address made contact with a gas supply line, with CFA responding to several reports of a strong smell of gas in the area.
Police were first on the scene at 9am, to evacuate employees from Raymond St shops as a precaution.
The pipe was capped to stop the leak, while CFA brigade members checked workplaces for residual gas, before employees returned to work at 11am.
No health problems or injuries were reported.
While shoppers experienced minor inconvenience for a few hours, it wasn’t all bad news.
Local caf s were given a boost as evacuated employees flooded local establishments with a bit of time on their hands for a coffee or two.