Wayne State reopens after gas main is struck

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit — Wayne State University's main campus reopened Friday night after a construction crew struck an underground gas main and prompted officials to evacuate buildings and cancel evening classes.

Wayne State University campus

The crew hit the main at Second and Warren and the university reported “the odor and sound of escaping natural gas is very strong in the area of Second (Gullen Mall) and Warren.”

Wayne State police, Detroit police and the Detroit Fire Departments assisted on the scene for four hours as they evacuated the campus, including residence halls, while DTE Energy inspected.

"We've been given the all-clear at 7 p.m. so we're getting students back on campus now," said Ted Montgomery, WSU spokesman.

A construction crew struck an underground gas main Friday afternoon, prompting Wayne State University officials to order the evacuations of multiple buildings around Gullen Mall at Second and Warren.