UPDATE: Ham Lake residents return home after Sunday night gas leak

UPDATE: Residents in Ham Lake evacuated because of a gas leak Sunday night have been allowed to return home Monday.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday near Highway 65 and 143rd Avenue.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office reported it started when people reported hearing loud hissing and rattling noises near a pipeline substation.

Authorities found a gas leak in a line and evacuated the nearby area until a utility crew could shut the gas off.

Investigators are continuing to work to determine exactly what happened.

An earlier version of this report appears below.


According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement responded to reports of loud hissing and rattling close to a pipeline substation around 8:47 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency personnel were able to determine a leak in a gas line.

First responders went door to door evacuating residents in a half-mile radius near Highway 65 and 143rd Avenue in Ham Lake Sunday night due to a gas leak. A short time later, utility companies arrived and the gas was shut off. Residents were told they could go back to their homes, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office, Ham Lake fire and State Patrol all assisted with the incident, which is currently under investigation.

A chronological log of the event continues below:


8:50 p.m.

Residents see a gas leak.

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9:26 p.m.

Residents receive alerts to evacuate.

9:56 p.m.

Emergency responders were evacuating residents in Ham Lake and utilities were responding to the substation.

10:14 p.m.

Local authorities say the gas has been turned off and residents are able to return to their homes.

10:55 p.m.

Authorities issue a press release and say the incident is under investigation.

No further information is available at this time.