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Gas leak on Pleasant Avenue not a threat

A natural gas leak near Smith Hall started on Friday and is expected to continue through the weekend.

Officials on-scene said that the leak is not an immediate safety threat because it is venting into open air, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The leak is coming from a ditch on Pleasant Avenue near the Washington Avenue bridge and was likely caused by the construction of the Science Teaching and Student Services building, multiple officials said.

Two people called the University of Minnesota Police Department Friday night to report the oder, Sgt. Ryan Rivers of the University of Minnesota Police Department said.

Officials from the Minneapolis Fire Department and CenterPoint Energy inspected the area and determined that there was no threat because the gas was venting into open air.

The gas could become a threat if it gets into nearby Smith and Kolthoff halls, the Daily reported.

There is no word if any Monday classes would be affected.

MNDaily -http://www.mndaily.com/2009/04/17/gas-leak-near-smith-hall-active-not-considered-threat