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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • All-clear gas leak forces Mpls. evacuation

  • A resident called officials early Wednesday afternoon to report a natural gas odor.
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  •  Residents are being allowed back into their homes after a gas leak forced a 12-square-block evacuation of southwest Minneapolis.
    CenterPoint Energy crews were able to safely shut off the gas leak Wednesday.
    Officials gave the all-clear after monitors showed gas levels in the area back to zero.
    A CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman tells the Star Tribune the underground gas leak probably was caused by the freeze-thaw cycle that caused the ground to expand and contract, causing a break in the 6-inch gas main.
    A resident called officials early Wednesday afternoon to report a natural gas odor.
    No fires or injuries are reported.

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