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Published March 02, 2010, 08:23 AM

Sandbag Mishap

No one was hurt when the floor collapsed at a city-leased sandbag storage facility in Fargo, but the bags broke a gas line while falling to the basement of the building.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - No one was hurt when the floor collapsed at a

city-leased sandbag storage facility in Fargo, but the bags broke a

gas line while falling to the basement of the building.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh says crews had to vent the

building for 45 minutes before they entered Monday. He says police

diverted traffic in four city blocks for about two hours because of

worries about a possible explosion.

Monday was the first day of Fargo's push to prepare 1 million

sandbags in advance of likely spring flooding on the Red River.

Schuh says the 125-ton weight of about 5,000 sandbags that had

been taken to the storage facility caused the collapse. Terry

Ludlum, the city's solid waste utility manager, said it was not

immediately known if the sandbags could be salvaged.

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