Natural gas line struck in Maple Plain

The West Hennepin Public Safety Department (WHPS) responded to natural gas leak at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at 5060 Hwy. 12 in Maple Plain.

The gas leak occurred when a construction worker inadvertently hit a two-inch main gas line while repairing Boundary Avenue in Maple Plain, according to Sergeant Gary Kroells, of WHPS.

Minnesota State Highway 12 through Maple Plain was closed for approximately two hours and traffic was redirected around Maple Plain until the gas leak was repaired. Three local businesses adjacent to the gas leak had to be evacuated for a short period of time.

Center Point Energy immediately responded to the scene and was able to control the gas leak and cap the leaking gas line. No one was injured and no damage was reported as a result of the cut gas line.

The Maple Plain Fire Department was assisted by Loretto and Mound Fire Departments to secure the scene and assist with traffic control. Several police agencies responded to the scene including officers from Medina, Mound, and Orono Police Departments.