Gas leak prompts evacuations on 4th Street SE in Minneapolis

UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. the gas leak had been stopped and all occupants were allowed to return. Streets are open again and Green Line service has resumed. 

A gas leak near 4th Street SE and 29th Avenue SE in Minneapolis prompted an evacuation of the area Monday afternoon. 

A 12-inch steel gas line was hit by a bulldozer around 3:00 p.m. The Minneapolis Fire Department said there are no gas readings in the area except at the hole where the leak is located.

All the buildings within one block of the gas leak have been evacuated. Metro Transit light rail service in in the area is discontinued for the time being and buses will replace trains between the Raymond and West Bank Stations. 4th Street SE is closed between 27th and 30th avenues. The public is being asked to avoid the area.

Crews from Minneapolis Fire, Hennepin County EMS and CenterPoint Energy are continuing to monitor the leak.