Friday, July 1, 2022

Fifth Summer Explosion: Sewer Explosion Near University of Minnesota

Sewer explosion forces evacuations near University of Minnesota 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 9) - Firefighters have given the okay for University of Minnesota facilities to reopen Thursday night after a fire, gasoline spill, and explosion forced evacuations in the afternoon. The Minneapolis Fire Department said they responded to a fire in the basement of a building on the 1700 block of University Ave southeast around 3 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the basement of the building. Crews located the fire and worked to put it out. As crews were extinguishing the fire, there were reports of an explosion in the sewer that blew off manhole covers from 18th and University possibly down to 10th and University. The Minneapolis Fire Department said the explosion was due to a possible gasoline spill in the sewer line. Firefighters tell FOX 9 they are hearing reports of similar gas smells coming from sewers in St. Paul. Source

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