Gas leak closes part of First Street in Willmar
WILLMAR - First Street has been closed to traffic for several blocks because of a natural gas leak at a construction site.
The road was shut down over the noon hour from Willmar Avenue north to Kandiyohi Avenue. Willmar Police, the Willmar Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and CenterPoint Energy all were at the scene.
Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin said the street could be closed to traffic this afternoon for up to four hours.
Barricades have been set up, and law enforcement officers were directing traffic.