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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Residents have been allowed back to student housing near the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus after a natural gas leak forced a brief evacuation.

University spokeswoman Patty Mattern says a front-end loader was digging in a parking lot at Como Student Community Cooperative housing when it ruptured a gas line late Tuesday morning.

Mattern says 35 to 40 people were evacuated from the housing complex. A Metro Transit bus was brought in to house people during the evacuation, which lasted just over an hour.

No one was hurt and no classes were disrupted.

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