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No injuries after gas line break on UND campus

According to Danny Weigel, public information officer with the University Police Department, word about the break came in at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Weigel said a crew from Xcel Energy arrived on the scene and shut off the flow of gas a short time later.

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GRAND FORKS — No injuries were reported after a construction crew struck a gas line on UND campus on Wednesday morning, May 18.

According to Danny Weigel, public information officer with the University Police Department, word about the break came in at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Weigel said a crew from Xcel Energy arrived on the scene and shut off the flow of gas a short time later. Crews from the Grand Forks Fire Department were assessing the scene as well.

Weigel said police officers were on the scene as well to warn people away and allow utility and fire crews to address the situation.

“That's our role is to block everything off, and make sure nobody kind of goes into that area,” he said.

The break happened on the south side of the Chester Fritz Library, where a construction crew was working. Weigel said the disruption lasted about 30 minutes.

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Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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