Major gas leak on Nicollet Ave in Bloomington, homes evacuated

- Houses were evacuated near Nicollet Avenue and West 96th Street in Bloomington following a major gas leak Thursday morning. Residents in need of temporary shelter were directed to Fire Station 1.

The gas leak was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Centerpoint Energy crews were monitoring gas levels in the air as the natural gas dispersed and drifting to the northeast. Centerpoint said a valve malfunctioned on a gas line.

One apartment building and two blocks of homes were evacuated. School remained in session at nearby Kennedy High School, which didn't register a gas reading.

All residents returned home and the street reopened by 12 p.m.

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