- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) - A construction company whose workers punctured a Dell Rapids gas line earlier this month has filed a complaint with the state alleging a natural gas utility failed to properly mark the line.

May Construction was drilling June 10 when it struck a gas line. The company says MidAmerican Energy neglected to mark the line with yellow paint as it was asked to do.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1nQEisf) the gas fumes ignited when a nearby driver attempted to start his SUV. Thirty-foot flames shot from the ground for four hours until the utility could cut off the lines. The driver James Hallem said he only suffered minor burns.

A representative with the utility says it can’t comment.

The complaint was filed June 19. The utility has 20 days to respond.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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