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Firefighters rescue 2 children pinned by 2,000-pound ice heave

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What was supposed to be a fun winter photo op turned into a dangerous situation for two young children on Lake Pepin last week.

KTTC reports two kids, ages 3 and 4, had climbed under an ice heave so their mother could take a picture when the chunk of ice – weighing more than a ton – gave way, pinning the kids underneath.

"This was a large sheet of ice, about 10 feet by 5 feet by about a foot thick," Sgt. Bill Weist of the Lake City Police Department told the television station. Weist said the ice weighed up to about 2,800 pounds.

It took firefighters only about 20 minutes to free the kids using inflatable airbags to lift the ice. Both children were hospitalized and have since been released, according to KTTC.

Ice heaves are created when shifting ice pushes up against the shoreline, creating a small crevasse just big enough to fit a child.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has warned of the potentially hazardous conditions that ice heaves can create and advises that parents not allow their children to play on or around the ice formations.

Last May, fast-moving ice heavesdamaged multiple homes along Mille Lacs Lake.

Although not technically a "heave," if you're looking to do some winter exploring, park officials at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northeast Minnesota are allowing over-ice travel to the park's mainland sea caves for the first time since 2009. The park service recommends calling the Ice Line before heading to the caves.

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