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A gas meter hangs from the rear of a semi truck after the semi backed into it and ripped it from the ground.

Semi causes gas leak in downtown

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A semi truck maneuvering under the Highway 61 bridge ripped a gas meter off the north side of the Motor Parts Services building, causing a gas leak downtown Friday afternoon.

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Once the meter was torn off the pipe, there was no valve stopping it from flowing into the open air. The smell of natural gas was palpable in the area, from Second and Eddy streets, to Second Street near RJ's Tavern.

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