Update: All clear after Mpls. gas leak near U of M

Buildings were evacuated, streets closed

The Minneapolis Fire Department closed streets and evacuated buildings near the U of M campus Monday following the rupture of a 12-inch gas main. Fire officials said the line was hit by a bulldozer around 3 p.m.

By evening CenterPoint Energy had shut off the gas line to the area at 27th St. South and 4th St. SE and city officials were reopening streets at 7 p.m. 

A four square block commercial area was evacuated, according to the Pioneer Press

Light rail service on the Green Line was also disrupted, with buses replacing trains between Raymond Ave. and the West Bank station, Metro Transit said.

Despite the gas shutoff due to the broken main, CenterPoint Energy crews were able to preserve service to 200 commercial and residential buildings between the site near the St. Paul border and downtown Minneapolis, KSTP reports

Construction workers told the station the gas main was hit during road work near University Ave. 

The evacuation came just five days after a gas leak caused a fatal explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. 

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