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Published March 13, 2013, 09:10 PM

All-Clear After Gas Leak Forces Minneapolis Evacuation

Residents are being allowed back into their homes after a gas leak forced a 12-square-block evacuation of southwest Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS— 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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