Update: A shopping centre has been closed and emergency service workers, including police bomb squad officers, are dealing with a gas leak after an ATM explosion at Port Kennedy this morning.
Police have cordoned off an area around the Stargate Shopping Centre on Grand Ocean Boulevard.
A spokesman said the thieves tried to blow up the ANZ teller machine about 4.50am.
A 200-metre exclusion zone is in place between Grand Ocean Boulevard and Chelmsford Avenue.
The explosion is the third ATM explosion in less than a week in the metropolitan area and the 11th incident this year involving the deliberate targeting of an ATM.
Det-Sen. Sgt Craig White from the arson squad said police were concerned for the safety of the perpetrators.
"On a number of occasions they have come close to setting themselves on fire," he said.
He appealed to those who know those responsible, particularly loved ones, to come forward.
"These explosions are very volatile, the reactions they are trying to cause with these accelerants are very dangerous and we are just appealing to them to please come forward with any information," he said.
He confirmed the ATM had been "breached" and an amount of money had been stolen.
Supa IGA grocery manager Stewart Williams said electricity had been cut to the centre and the supermarket was running its own power board.
“All the businesses in the centre are closed and we are not allowed to open out front doors, so we are letting people in through the side doors,” he said.
He said the interruption was a major blow on “one of the busiest days of the year”.
Members of the public are advised to avoid the area where possible, until further notice.
Police are calling for witnesses, particularly anyone who saw a motorcyclist in the area at the time. Call CrimeStoppers on 1800333000.