A Wallsend man burying a pet dog in his backyard overnight has caused a gas leak, after accidentally rupturing a gas main.
Fire and Rescue NSW and the gas company were called to Davis Street just before 8:30pm.
The man told firefighters he thought he'd struck a tree root, however he then noticed gas.
The leak was quickly plugged and the area was deemed safe.
Firefighters say it's a reminder to dial before you dig.