Underground fire evacuates Milwaukee Public Market

File photo.
File photo.

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.

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