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Gas line hit in residentil area of DL
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A residential street in Detroit Lakes was temporarily shut down Wednesday afternoon after a homeowner struck a gas line while digging in his garden.

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The incident occurred about 3 p.m. after a man on the 1200 block of Lake Avenue hit a residential service gas line about three feet down.

He had been using a posthole digger to prepare for planting a grape vine, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand.

City police officers and firefighters blocked off part of Lake Ave and the alley behind Lake Ave for around an hour until the leak was fixed.

The gas company sealed off the leak by digging a hole nearby to pinch the line. The resident had not called ahead to locate the gas lines on his property.

Strand urged residents to call 811 before doing any digging so they know where they can safely dig with a tool and where they need to hand dig to avoid damaging underground utilities.

It can be an expensive mistake: The Detroit Lakes Fire Department charges home and business owners a minimum of $600 when it is called out.

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