A LEOPOLD service station was placed in lockdown this morning as emergency services worked to contain a major gas leak.

CFA crews were called to the Bellarine Highway BP near Melaluka Rd about 8.22am, after a Leopold volunteer caught a strong smell of gas and raised the alarm.

Leopold CFA captain Ashley Browne said a “significant” leak had been identified within the underground pump mechanism, which runs from a 30,000L storage tank to the LPG bowsers.

“We’ve had the crews from Geelong City fire station and Ocean Grove fire station here with gas sensors, so we’ve seen concentrations of gas around that point just on 50 per cent,” he said.

“The BP attendant has run through his full emergency procedures, contacted his management and the service technician from Melbourne is on his way down.”

The cause of the leak is yet to be determined, with the service station expected to remain closed for several hours.

The Bellarine Highway remains open to traffic.

Extracted from The daily Telegraph