June 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Gas line blows as farmer pulls stumps on Ray Township property

Ray Township — A farmer removing tree stumps from his property Sunday evening struck a gas line, causing an explosion, said a Macomb County sheriff official.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred just before 9 p.m. on Indian Trail north of 26 Mile. The farmer was using an earth mover to remove the stumps.

A spokeswoman for Semco Energy gas company, which provides natural gas for northern Macomb County, said it had crews en route to investigate the incident.

“Someone hit one of our lines,” said Semco spokesman Tim Lubbers. He added that the company uses a system called MISS DIG that encourages residents and businesses to call before they dig in order to avoid potentially hitting a gas line. Lubbers said he did not know if the farmer had called.

Sunday’s incident was the third such since Tuesday.

On Saturday, an explosion at a natural gas storage facility on 29 Mile and North Road rocked the area, which is a quarter of a mile away from residential homes. No injuries were reported from a break in a pipeline. The incident occurred around 1 p.m.

Last week, two people were injured following a gas line explosion in a farm field in Richmond Township, near Place Road south of 33 Mile. In that incident, a crew laying drain tile in a farm field ruptured a natural gas line and caused an explosion around 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the men, 52 and 23, were hospitalized in stable condition.

“We heard the explosion and then the entire building shook,” said Jim Sager, owner of Strikers Entertainment Center Bowling Alley, about 2 ˝ miles from the explosion.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the two men, ages 52 and 23, were taken to a hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.

Wickersham said a crew with the Sanilac Drain and Tile Co. was laying the drain tile.

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