Gas leak disrupts downtown Zimmerman

A gas leak disrupted downtown Zimmerman this week.

Sherburne County Sheriff, Joel Brott, said his office received a call that there was a large gas leak in the city around 2 p.m.  Emergency vehicles were dispatched to 3rd Street East and Fremont Avenue in response to the call.

Zimmerman Fire Chief Ryan Maloney said excavating crews working on a road project in town had struck a gas line and ruptured it.

Gas line was ruptured during road construction project in downtown Zimmerman.

Gas line was ruptured during road construction project in downtown Zimmerman.

As the smell of gas permeated the area, the Zimmerman Fire Department, with the aid of the Elk River Fire Department, determined a safe zone after concentrations were measured to be explosive.

Emergency crews blocked Freemont Avenue from Highway 169 to 3rd Street East and evacuated twelve businesses inside the area, including Dunn Bros Coffee and Hardees.

“It was just lucky the excavation crew hit the 3 inch line and not the 6 inch line,” Maloney said, “because those gas lines are very close to each other.”

The leak was contained and stores resumed business about 4 p.m.

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