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Gas Leak Forces Milan Community to Evacuate

A Milan community had to evacuate their homes early Wednesday morning due to a nearby gas leak.

More than 80 people were forced to leave their homes at the Woodland Mobile Home Park division and in homes surrounding the area when a liquid oxygen tank at Mississippi Laser had a leak.

Authorities responded to a call around 12:45 am Wednesday morning.  A liquid oxygen tank, just filled yesterday evening, had a frozen valve that caused a leak.  A repair service was called and the tank was drained.  According to regulations though, the crews were forced to evacuate the homes within a third of a mile radius.

Officials say the evacuation was precautionary measures and everyone was allowed back in their homes less than 3 hours later. 

Residents in the area were sent to the Milan HyVee during the evacuation.

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