Superblock residence halls allow student re-entry following evacuation due to a gas odor

Students in dorms on Superblock were evacuated while authorities investigated a gas odor on Monday afternoon.


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Pioneer Hall dorms stand empty on Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020. Superblock, which includes Frontier, Territorial, Centennial and Pioneer Halls was evacuated March 8 due to a gas odor.

by Hana Ikramuddin

According to a SAFE-U alert from the University of Minnesota, all Superblock residence halls are now safe to enter, following the evacuation of buildings in the Superblock area this afternoon.

Frontier, Centennial and Pioneer Halls were cleared for student re-entrance at 5:53 p.m. Territorial Hall was cleared roughly 20 minutes later. 

According to the initial report, the University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Fire Department were investigating the source of the odor. All four halls were evacuated at around 2:29 p.m. The source of the gas scent has not yet been publicly identified.

The alert comes after Folwell Hall was evacuated due to a gas odor around 12:13 p.m. As of 1:32 p.m, Folwell Hall has been cleared and students are now able to return to the building.

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available.