Four Canberra homes have been evacuated on Christmas Eve because of gas leaks believed to have been caused by lightning strikes.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency said ACT Fire & Rescue had evacuated the homes in Oxley as a precaution because of two gas leaks.
"The leaks are located close to each other on Newman Morris Circuit and are believed to have started after lightning struck a light pole," the agency said in a statement.
"Firefighters have a 50- to 100-metre exclusion zone around the leaks and are waiting for contractors to arrive to cut off the gas supply and carry out repairs."
Police asked drivers to avoid the area.