GAS LEAK: Crews shut down Hiawatha Avenue to locate source - FOX 35 News Orlando

Hiawatha Avenue reopens after gas leak

Posted: Updated:
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis reopened Thursday morning after CenterPoint energy crews worked overtime to fix a gas main overnight.

Officials closed down a portion of Hiawatha Avenue on Wednesday afternoon while firefighters and utility crews worked to locate the source of a gas leak.

Firefighters were dispatched at 4:32 p.m. after receiving reports of natural gas leaking in an area near 35th Street between, Hiawatha and Minnehaha avenues. Readings taken in the area confirmed natural gas was present at high levels, and several buildings along 35th Street were evacuated.

"We've got to be really careful with natural gas," Deputy Chief Don Leedham said. "There is an explosive range of 5-15 percent -- and it was above that at times and right in the explosive range."

Hiawatha Avenue gas leak repair
PHOTO: CenterPoint crews worked overnight on gas main repairs

The first report came in at 3:30 p.m. after an ADM employee smelled gas and evacuated the facility. Crews vented the building, and gas readings were back to normal by Wednesday night.

The source of the leak was eventually traced to a gas main near the road.

"I saw all the workers in the street and they came pounding on the door," Louis Boucher, who was evacuated, told Fox 9 News. "They made two trips into the basement and didn't notice any. They checked twice, but they wanted me to come out and sit here to keep warm."

As an added precaution, Hiawatha Avenue was closed between 31st and 38th Streets while crews continued to monitor the area. Light rail traffic was never affected and home heating was never affected.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Crash, semi fire shuts down Interstate 35W at Highway 36

    Crash, semi fire shuts down Interstate 35W at Highway 36

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:44:14 GMT
    photos@fox9.com / Brian Pattyphotos@fox9.com / Brian Patty

    A major accident and semi fire shut down Interstate 35W for more than an hour Friday morning near Roseville, Minn. The crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. near the junction of Highway 36.

    A major accident and semi fire shut down Interstate 35W for more than an hour Friday morning near Roseville, Minn. The crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. near the junction of Highway 36.


  • Minn. crash victim's 4H friends to show animals at Isanti fair

    Minn. crash victim's 4H friends to show animals at Isanti fair

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:50:12 GMT
    It is said that the true test of friendship is how many people come to help out a person in need, and if that's true, one 4H participant from Cambridge, Minn., just found out he has an entire fairground full.
    It is said that the true test of friendship is how many people come to help out a person in need, and if that's true, one 4H participant from Cambridge, Minn., just found out he has an entire fairground full.
  • Australian Model Posts Untouched Bikini Photo

    Australian Model Posts Untouched Bikini Photo

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:11:46 GMT
    25-year-old Robyn Lawley is embracing health and her curves. She posted this untouched and make-up free picture of herself in a bikini on Instagram.
    25-year-old Robyn Lawley is embracing health and her curves. She posted this untouched and make-up free picture of herself in a bikini on Instagram.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices