UPDATE 12:30 p.m. – People who evacuated buildings on the MSU campus have been told it is safe to return. Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and Evergreen Avenue, and Evergreen Avenue, between Albert Avenue and Grand River Avenue, will remain temporarily closed as the East Lansing Fire Department and Consumers Energy continue to monitor the situation. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to continue to avoid the immediate area until further notice.
UPDATE 12:09 p.m. – Consumers Energy crews have shut down the gas leak that caused a partial evacuation of downtown East Lansing and the Michigan State University campus.
UPDATE 12:05 p.m. – Due to the gas leak in the area of Albert and Abbott in City of East Lansing, MSU is evacuating the following buildings: Union, Mary Mayo, Campbell, Landon, Yakeley, Gilchrist, Wills House, and Williams. Individuals in those buildings may proceed to IM Circle.
EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Construction crews tearing down vacant buildings in the 300 block of Abbot Road ruptured a gas main, forcing an evacuation in downtown East Lansing.
Crews working on the site near the Abbot and Grand River intersection hit the pipe just after 10:30 a.m.
They were continuing a demolition project that began last week.
Emergency crews evacuated buildings within a half-mile radius of the leak as a precaution, including several local bars and restaurants including Beggar’s Banquet, Rick’s American Cafe, and Dublin Square.
They also evacuated the nearby People’s Church.
There are no reports of injuries.
6 News crews are at the scene and will have updates online and on 6 News.