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Photo by Beth Kern Fire Chief Dean Uselman and Dick Wirta stand at the excavation site with the flame from the burning propane in the background.

Propane tank unearthed

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An explosive disaster was averted in a southwest Wadena neighborhood Tuesday when an underground filled propane tank was hit on the Dick and Sue Wirta property.


Dick Wirta said they were putting in new water and sewer lines when the decades-old and still full propane tank was touched but fortunately not damaged.

"Thank goodness," he said about the gas not exploding. "It would have taken off two complete blocks, I think."

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