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Wal-Mart reopens following gas leak during severe weather

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Walmart in the Northland is back open for business after evacuating hundreds of people because of a gas leak caused by Monday evening’s severe storms.

It happened at the 24-hour Walmart on North Church Road in Kansas City, Mo., around 5 p.m.

Witnesses claimed to see a small tornado blow through the area, sending shopping carts and road signs flying in the parking lot.

“It wasn't really a tight rotation,” said Johnathan Bryan, an amateur storm chaser. “But there was rotation and obviously enough to drop a small tornado, but the damage looks pretty minor.”

Shoppers inside say they could hear the crash-boom of thunder, and then heard the blast of that window shattering. Soon after, customers and employees could smell gas, and about 300 people were evacuated.

“It was just a loud crash,” said Mony Ashley, a customer who evacuated. “It was just crazy, like the crash was crazy. It was just, it…I’m shaken up.”

No one was hurt.

A Walmart spokesperson told Fox 4 that MGE crews located the location of the leak, repaired it and gave the all-clear for customers and employees around 7:30 p.m.

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