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Associated Press, Published April 04 2012

3 Dickinson businesses evacuated after gas line cut

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Three businesses north of Dickinson were evacuated after a natural gas line was damaged by a construction crew.

Rural Fire Chief Andy Paulson tells The Dickinson Press that the gas in the line did not ignite, and no one was hurt in the Tuesday morning incident. He says the evacuation was precautionary.

Montana-Dakota Utilities owns the line that was cut. Spokesman Mark Hanson says gas was released for about an hour before it could be shut off for repairs. He did not have an estimate on how much gas was released.

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Information from: The Dickinson Press, http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

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