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Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 3:27 p.m.

Area near Ann Arbor's Church Street shut down after suspected gas leak

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor firefighters cleared the scene of a suspected gas leak at a building in the 1000 block of South University Avenue Thursday afternoon, which resulted in streets in the area being shut down.

Initial reports indicated the gas leak was coming from the area around the University of Michigan's College of Pharmacy, 428 Church St., at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. University officials sent an automatic call to members of the university community indicating the affected building was coming from West Hall, 1085 South University Ave.

Ann Arbor police were not on the scene but confirmed Ann Arbor firefighters were in the area helping to close down the street.

At 4:25 p.m., University of Michigan spokeswoman Diane Brown said a search of the area didn't turn up any leaks on university property. The "all clear" was given and police and fire crews were leaving the area, Brown said.

It's possible the smell of natural gas came from somewhere off campus on the wind, but Brown said no issues were found in the area of the smell.

The University of Michigan Police tweeted the department was investigating a report of a gas leak in the area of Church Street. An alert on the department's website stated the smell appeared to be coming from outside the building.

A tweet from the U-M Police at 4:07 p.m. indicated police were searching the area for the source of the suspected gas leak but no problems were found. Anyone feeling light-headed is encouraged to call police at 734-763-1131.

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Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 3:52 a.m.

There have been numerous reports of a natural gas smell near Geddes and Oxford for years and "no issues" are ever "found in the area of the smell." Must be coming "from somewhere off campus on the wind" alright. Now about that Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index......