The smell of propane caused officials to evacuate a University of Minnesota building where a student was injured in a science lab explosion last week. University spokeswoman Julie Christensen says someone in Smith Hall smelled propane Wednesday morning, pulled the fire alarm and called 911.
The small community of Blakeley Township was evacuated Thursday in anticipation of the storms. Last week’s heavy downpour caused mudslides and compromised roads there, cutting off access to get in and out of town.
A mudslide in Minneapolis caused evacuations and road closures Thursday evening. Deputy Chief Todd White from the Minneapolis Fire Department says the mudslide was first reported at about 7:15 p.m., and occurred on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus.
A south Minneapolis apartment building was evacuated Thursday night due to elevated carbon monoxide levels. According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, 12 – 20 people were evacuated from the four-story building at 4400 Upton Ave. S.
The Walmart in Forest Lake has been voluntarily evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a potentially dangerous snow load on the roof, according to the police. Police say the evacuation was prompted after an employee noticed what looked like a bend in the roof truss
A St. Paul community school was evacuated Friday morning after a hallowed-out grenade was found in a student’s backpack, according to district officials. Police were called to Heights Community School on the city’s east side just after 11 a.m. Heights is part of the St. Paul Public School district, and serves students from prekindergarten through fifth grade.
Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for residents of a small northern Iowa city, following a fertilizer fire at the local airport. The Worth County Sheriff’s Office says the evacuation was called off around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The illness that made 30 Springfield Public school students sick enough to go to the hospital Thursday was not caused by carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A group of fourth and fifth graders became sick while rehearsing for a choir concert. On Friday, school officials say all the students are fine, and health officials think the illness may have been caused by nerves. Bethany Mattson says she was never really worried about her fifth-grade daughter, who was rehearsing with her classmates Thursday morning in the school’s auditorium. But she can see why other parents may have felt differently.
An 18 year old is in the Carlton County Jail after being arrested for writing a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Esko School on Tuesday. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s office, Eddie Michael Edwards is suspected of leaving a written threat that was found around noon on Tuesday in the K-12 school. The building was evacuated, and everyone moved to a nearby church while bomb detection dogs were dispatched. The FBI was also involved in the situation.
A possible gas leak led to the evacuation of Maple Grove High School on Thursday afternoon. Barbara Olson, the director of school and community relations for Osseo Area Schools, says her office was alerted about 1 p.m. that a gas-like odor caused a precautionary evacuation of the school. Maple Grove High lets out a 2 p.m., so students who walked or drove were released early.
Authorities are evacuating part of a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train derailment. Cass County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tara Morris says as many as 300 Casselton residents may be evacuated. Morris says there’s no immediate danger. It’s a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn. Investigators couldn’t get close to the blaze and estimates of how many cars caught fire varied.
Authorities responded to a fire in the roof of a construction area adjacent to the Macy’s store at Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka. Fire crews responded to the call at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
A Kmart in Grand Rapids was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a bomb threat, according to police. At 2:10 p.m., Grand Rapids Police responded to a reported bomb threat at the Kmart at 1111 Pokegama Ave. S. after employees received a call from someone claiming to have left a bomb somewhere in the store. Police closed, evacuated and thoroughly searched the store. Employees and customers were eventually allowed re-entry.
The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand was evacuated Saturday night because of weather concerns. According to State Fair spokeswoman Brianna Schulte, the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert will be postponed until 9:15 p.m. Concert goers were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.
Police and bomb squad units are investigating after a bomb threat was called in at a local CVS Pharmacy on Monday. Officials say employees at the CVS Pharmacy at Franklin and Nicollet received phone and email threats about a bomb in the business.