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Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard

Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard

SYDNEY (AP) — A 33-story apartment high-rise near central Sydney has been evacuated after residents reported hearing cracking noises.

More than 140 residents of the Opal Tower in Sydney's Olympic Park were forced from their homes along with occupants of nearby houses.

Train stations and roads near the building have been closed while New South Wales state fire and rescue personnel assess the structural integrity of the building. Aerial footage showed firefighters setting up tents around the building and redirecting pedestrians.

New South Wales Police said in a statement that several residents left the building Monday morning after hearing "cracking noises."

Opal Tower has 392 apartments and opened only recently.