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Explosion lights up sky near Tioga; no injuries reported

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Explosion lights up sky near Tioga; no injuries reported
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

TIOGA, N.D. – An explosion south of Tioga at a natural gas facility lit up the sky Monday evening but no injuries were reported.

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When the Tioga Fire Department received a report of the explosion sometime after 8:30 p.m. Monday, the orange glow south of town was visible for miles.

“We knew we had a pretty big incident going on at that time,” said Randall Pederson, a member of the volunteer department who served as the incident commander.

Firefighters set up a staging area about a half-mile away from the blaze while law enforcement blocked off traffic, Pederson said.

The company that operates the site, Hiland Partners, shut off the natural gas and firefighters allowed it to burn. They stayed on scene until about 10 p.m., Pederson said.

“Being in the middle of the Oil Patch, we have a department that is accustomed to these kinds of fires,” Pederson said. “We know when we can fight them and we know when we should be defensive.”

It is unclear what caused the explosion.

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