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Published October 17, 2013, 02:31 PM

Xcel officials determining extent of gas leak, preventative measures going forward

Xcel Energy officials say they're in the process of figuring out how much gas leaked in East Grand Forks Wednesday after a backhoe struck a gas line.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

Xcel Energy officials say they're in the process of figuring out how much gas leaked in East Grand Forks Wednesday after a backhoe struck a gas line.

It happened at 806 3rd Avenue Northeast just before 10:00 Wednesday morning. Xcel says they plan to take a piece of pipe through damage prevention analysis to examine the size of the hole.

Natural gas was leaking for about 20 minutes out of a two inch line before crews shut the line down. East Grand Forks Police and Fire crews blocked off streets and evacuated homes in the area. Xcel shut off power to the area to avoid any serious problems. Fire officials say no one was injured.

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