Major gas leak leads to evacuations in south Minneapolis

About 30 people were displaced after a gas leak reached explosive levels in south Minneapolis, according to an official with the Minneapolis Fire Department.

Around 3 p.m. firefighters responded to a report of a strong gas odor near E 24th Street and 14th Avenue. When crews checked the area, the gas levels were at high enough where an explosion could have occurred.

Crews evacuated homes in the area. Around 8 p.m. residents were allowed back in their homes. A crew with the gas company will be doing repairs for the next five to 12 hours.

Since the gas had been leaking into structures in the ground, crews broke up the ground to help air out the area.

Authorities learned a major gas line was hit, but it remains unclear how.

No one was injured.