A gas main ruptured in a Wellington suburb leaving 1380 residents without power.

Emergency services were called shortly before 4pm today to the intersection of Burgess Rd and Chesterton St in Johnsonville, where six houses were evacuated due to the dangerous leak.

A fire service spokesman said evacuation was a priority as gas had "leaked and slotted into several houses in the area".

Power was turned off for safety reasons.

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Cordons that were in place at the intersection of Burgess Rd and Chesterton St have now been lifted, police confirmed.