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1 person rescued after fall in grain elevator

The man fell 20-30 feet.

The Minneapolis Fire Department rescued a man who fell 20-30 feet inside a grain elevator Monday morning.

The fire department tweeted around 4:45 a.m. that it was called to the grain elevator on the 500 block of 29th Ave. SE, near the University of Minnesota.

Officials said the man was trapped in a hole, but was conscious and only reported having a minor ankle injury.

Crews performed a "technical rescue," and Bryan Tyner of the Minneapolis Fire Department told GoMN the man climbed out of the hole he fell into after officials lowered a ladder down to him.

Tyner said the gran elevator is vacant and normally secured, noting the man who fell was likely an urban explorer.

Grain elevators have been popular among urban explorers in Minneapolis, but they can be dangerous. A handful of people have died while exploring the abandoned buildings over the years.

Tyner told GoMN they probably respond to three to five calls per year for the city's abandoned grain elevators.

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