AMES, Iowa- The Ames Tribune was evacuated Thursday morning after a small explosion in front of the building. Around 10:30 a.m. workers heard what “sounded like a small explosion and noticed flames shooting up from the ground,” said Michael Crumb, editor of the Ames Tribune. He added the flames were near a piece of construction equipment, being used in the reconstruction of 5th Street in front of the Tribune offices.
Crumb said newspaper employees called 911, and when police arrived they ordered the building evacuated. Crumb added that other nearby buildings were also evacuated.
Before long Alliant Energy arrived and turned the gas off. Tribune workers were allowed back in the building about an hour later.
Crumb said The explosion “created some excitement.” He added “staff, circulation, reporters we’re all busy taking pictures with their cell phones.”
The Tribune editor and staff were back hard at work Thursday afternoon, with a new front page story on the explosion.