Traffic on Hwy. 61 was shut down in White Bear Lake during the afternoon rush hour as police dealt with a potentially armed man holed up in a home.

The highway was closed between Lake Avenue S./Hwy. 96 and 2nd Street. It reopened around 6 p.m.

The White Bear Press is reporting that police were called to a home because of a “domestic situation” about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Nearby homes were evacuated; police do not believe there is any danger to the public, the Press’s website said.

A neighbor told the Press that he watched on surveillance cameras via his cellphone as a tear-gas bomb went off. He said he saw a woman come out of the home and get into a squad car.

Later Thursday White Bear Lake police said on Facebook that "the situation has been resolved and there is no safety concern to the public," without giving further details, citing the investigation.

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