Emergency workers, Trans-Canada investigating cause of pipeline blast
A natural gas pipeline is on fire this morning after exploding overnight near Otterburne, about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg.
St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP responded around 1:05 a.m. to what they're calling a "loud explosion."
"I was out for a dog walk and saw a huge fire ball-like burst of light to my south, and knowing that there's a gas relay station at the north end of Ile des Chênes, that seems the most likely candidate," said area resident John Sadoway.
"It lit up the whole sky here for half an hour. The sky's still glowing, actually," said another witness, Tyler Holigroski.
Police have confirmed the fire is coming from the pipeline, but say the burning gas is non-toxic.
The pipeline, which is owned by TransCanada PipeLines, has been temporarily shutdown according to a statement from a company spokesman. The statement also said that nearby roads have been closed, and that the company is not aware of any reports of injuries.
However, five houses within the vicinity of the fire were evacuated by RCMP and St-Pierre-Jolys Fire Department.
Police and fire officials, along with TransCanada Pipeline, are investigating the cause of the explosion.