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Residents allowed to return home after south Minneapolis gas leak

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The city of Minneapolis says people have been allowed to return to their homes following an underground gas leak in south Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon.

CenterPoint Energy crews were able to contain the leak and monitors show gas levels have returned to zero, according to a press release.

The Star Tribune reports a six-inch natural gas line burst near Xerxes Ave. and 41st St. causing the leak. A CenterPoint Energy spokesperson says the leak was likely due to the freeze-thaw cycle that causes the ground to expand and contract.

Crews were called to the area around 1:20 p.m., WCCO says.

Eight city blocks from 39th and 42nd streets and Upton Avenue to Zenith Avenue were evacuated.

Southwest High School delayed its afternoon release as a safety precaution.

Minneapolis Schools says students who are usually dropped off by school bus in the affected area were taken to Ramsey Middle School where parents could pick them up.

Around 5 p.m., the city reported people were being let back into their homes.

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