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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.

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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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