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Explosion and fire rock natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba

Five homes remain evacuated as TransCanada Piplelines deals with a natural gas pipeline fire Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 about 25 kilometres south of Winnipeg. TransCanada says it has shut down the Emerson Lateral portion of the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline system and is venting the gas. Roads leading to the site have also been closed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-RCMP
January 25, 2014 - 5:49 AM

OTTERBURNE, Man. - Five homes have been evacuated after a natural gas pipeline explosion early today near the southern Manitoba community of Otterburne.

RCMP have confirmed the fire is coming from a natural gas pipeline in the area about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

TransCanada Pipeline says the pipe has been isolated and the burning gas is non-toxic.

RCMP, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and TransCanada are investigating the cause of the explosion, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is sending investigator as well.

No injuries have been reported.

There was Twitter traffic overnight about huge fireballs shooting into the sky that could be seen from several kilometres away. (CJOB, The Canadian Press)

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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