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Underground fire evacuates Milwaukee public market

The Milwaukee Public Market downtown has been evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion.

Credit: WITI

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 1:11 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Public Market downtown has been evacuated after road construction crews reported hearing an underground explosion.

Police at the scene say there was likely no explosion, but a small fire apparently is burning deep underground. Road crews working on a reconstruction of nearby Interstate 794 have been pounding pilings into the road. It wasn't yet clear whether workers hit a gas line.

Milwaukee police have the area in the city's Third Ward cordoned off.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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