2 injured in local grocery store explosion

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 21, 2011 7:20 AM

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Two people were taken to a local hospital after an explosion at the North Dodge Street Hy-Vee on March 19, officials said.

Iowa City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Platz said the explosion occurred at approximately 9:29 a.m. at Hy-Vee, 1201 N. Dodge St., when one employee and a private contractor were working on a refrigeration unit.

Platz said their injuries were thought to be non-life-threatening.

Following the explosion, the store was evacuated for one hour because of low oxygen levels, Platz said.

— by Hayley Bruce

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