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Continued: State slashes fines in 2010 natural-gas explosions in Edina and St. Paul

More than half of those inspections were in St. Paul and South St. Paul, where the predominance of sloped lots increase the chances of a collision between gas and sewer lines.

NSP has fixed 92 so-called “conflicts” in St. Paul and four in South St. Paul since 2010. It plans to do another 30,000 inspections in St. Paul before wrapping up the project next year.

Lee Moey, the sewer contractor in the St. Paul explosion, had been trying to unclog a sewer pipe when he hit the gas line. He rushed to get the homeowner and her two dogs out of the house after he smelled gas.

paul.walsh@startribune.com • 612-673-4482 kevin.duchschere@startribune.com • 651-925-5035

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