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Historic Virginia City saloon damaged by blast

VIRGINIA CITY — A gas leak apparently triggered an explosion at an old Nevada saloon in historic Virginia City that injured one employee and forced the closure of a street.

The Delta Saloon founded in the 1860s suffered extensive damage in the explosion shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Storey County manager Pat Whitten told KOLO-TV propane was delivered to the business on Monday and likely caused the explosion.

He says one employee who was inside sustained minor injuries but declined to be taken to a hospital.

The nearby county courthouse was briefly evacuated but had resumed normal operations by midday. A stretch of the street in front of the saloon remained closed.

The town halfway between Reno and Carson City is a National Historic Landmark where thousands of miners and prospectors settled after two big gold and silver strikes in 1859.

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