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I-94 at the Lowry Tunnel reopens after gas main break

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Interstate 94 near downtown Minneapolis was closed for more than an hour Thursday afternoon after a gas main break prompted evacuations in the area.

A construction crew broke the 16-inch gas line around 12:20 p.m., KARE 11 reports, prompting officials to close the roadway until about 1:50 p.m., according to MnDOT's website.

Eastbound I-94 was closed at Interstate 394 and traffic on westbound I-94 was rerouted to the Hennepin/Lyndale exit while crews worked to fix the break.

The Minneapolis Police Department says CenterPoint Energy has deemed the area safe, adding roads are starting to reopen in the Lowry Hill neighborhood near the Walker Art Center.

Police said "hundreds" were evacuated during the incident, but now have been given the OK to return.

During the incident, KARE 11 reported that people were asked not to drive in the area or use their cellphones because sparks or shocks could trigger an explosion.

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