Natural gas explosion hurts 2 at North Mankato truck shop

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – A natural gas explosion has injured two workers at a truck service shop in North Mankato.

The explosion happened just before noon Wednesday at Allstate Peterbilt. North Mankato Police Chief Ross Gullickson says employees were working on a garbage truck when the vehicle began leaking compressed natural gas into the shop.

Employees were evacuating the building when the natural gas ignited, causing the explosion.

A 59-year-old Ellendale man was taken by helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with first- and second-degree burns. A 41-year-old Gibbon man injured his hand and was treated at the scene.

The Mankato Free Press reports authorities closed a nearby road. The explosion is under investigation.

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