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By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another hole in the roof of the Metrodome forced an emergency evacuation on Wednesday night.

It happened shortly after 6 p.m. when WCCO-TV crews were inside as it happened. Reporter Pat Kessler said he was finishing up a live shot when he heard a loud crash and saw tons of snow dumped onto the field.

Many of the workers who were already repairing the other rips were just looking up at the roof and didn’t appear panicked. A few moments later all of them walked off the field.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said that all workers were taken off the field because it was not a safe situation. They said it was an emergency when the roof panel opened up.

The question on people’s minds now: ‘How many more of the panels are filled with snow, ice and water and waiting to break down?’

Meanwhile, the roof continues to drip and leak water and the next step for crews will be figuring out what repairs are needed to keep more panels from breaking.

WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler Reports

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