Video shows aftermath of the deadly Minnehaha Academy explosion

The explosion apparently happened when a gas meter was being moved.

Video posted to Twitter by the National Transportation Safety Board shows how much damage last week's natural gas explosion caused to the building. 

The NTSB said its early investigative findings show the explosion likely happened while a gas meter was being moved by a father-and-son team from Master Mechanical, the Star Tribune reported

CenterPoint Energy hired the company to move the gas meter from inside the building to the outside to get easier access, KARE 11 said

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart described moving the meter as a "very hazardous operation," the Star Tribune says, adding they're investigating what may have gone wrong or if the workers were tired or impaired prior to the explosion. 

The incident killed two longtime employees, 47-year-old Ruth Berg and 82-year-old John Carlson, who both died from "multiple blunt force injuries sustained in a building collapse." 

A memorial service for Carlson was held Sunday, KARE 11 says. A service for Berg has not yet been announced. 

Nine others were injured in the incident. And as of Thursday, all but two people had been released from the hospital. 

Funds set up for the school

The first day of school at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School, where the explosion happened, has been delayed by two weeks. Kids were supposed to start Aug. 23, but now they'll begin Sept. 5.

The school started a disaster relief fund to help rebuild the damaged area of the school, and support the victims. And an alum of the school created a GoFundMe to help pay for rebuild work as well.

Next Up

Facebook - Tuey Wilson Comic Stunt Juggler - broken wrists

MN juggler Tuey Wilson breaks both wrists in unfortunate accident

Wilson is a staple of the Renaissance Festival and holds a Guinness World Record.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Charges: Woodbury man had hundreds of child porn images on devices

He was arrested and charged with six felonies this week.

Dede Westbrook

Report: Dede Westbrook working out for Vikings

Westbrook could sign with the team if the workout goes well.

Flickr - State Patrol Minnesota trooper - uniform crop

State Patrol squad sustains major damage in crash at I-35 ramp in Sandstone

The trooper and other driver involved in the wreck were both injured.

school lunch

Free meals for kids available at 2,500 sites in Minnesota this summer

The state has teamed up with the USDA to provide healthy foods for all children in Minnesota.

695 grand avenue

St. Paul planners gives OK to 5-story development at Dixie's on Grand

The property would include four commercial spaces, but not Dixie's on Grand.

Screen Shot 2021-07-23 at 12.22.13 PM

Family identifies man who died at Menards in Golden Valley

Three people were "temporarily detained" at the Menards on Thursday, police say.

hovland 1

Gallery: Home near the Boundary Waters on the market for $1.1 million

The home's wall of windows affords views of McFarland Lake and the wilderness.


Lawsuit blames gas line workers for deadly Minnehaha Academy explosion

The suit claims the workers ran to save themselves instead of warning people about the leak.

Second body pulled from the Minnehaha Academy rubble

2 people were killed and 9 were injured by the natural gas explosion.

NTSB reveals probable cause of fatal gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy

Workers thought that a gas valve was closed, when it was actually open.

Here's how things unfolded Wednesday at Minnehaha Academy

A natural gas explosion caused part of the school to collapse.

A year since devastating explosion, a new start for Minnehaha Academy

The school held a ceremonial pillar raising on Thursday morning.

Two weeks after the explosion, Minnehaha Academy comes together

The Walk for Unity drew students, staff, and supporters

Loved ones share memories of the people killed in the Minnehaha Academy explosion

Loved ones are sharing their memories of Ruth Berg and John Carlson.