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November 21, 2012

Backhoe causes a blast in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A backhoe struck a struck a 4-inch natural gas line in Lewiston, sparking an explosion and fire that rocked the downtown area, destroyed the backhoe and damaged a nearby building. No one was seriously injured.

The Lewiston Tribune reports flames shot 100-feet into the air after the explosion at 1:35 p.m. Monday. The newspaper and several nearby businesses were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze.

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