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Gas pipeline rupture sparks blaze near Prince George

Oct. 10, 2018, Prince George, B.C. - Most residents are being allowed back into their homes after a gas pipeline ruptured north of Prince George, sparking a massive blaze.

October 10, 2018 
By The Canadian Press

RCMP say the explosion happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and forced about 100 members of the nearby Lheidli T’enneh First Nation from their homes.

Officials say it was from an Enbridge natural gas pipeline in Shelley, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George.

Police say residences within several kilometres were evacuated as a precaution, but the evacuation zone has now been reduced to residences within a one kilometre radius of the explosion site.

They say there are no injuries and no reported damage other than to the pipeline itself.


The gas supply has been shut down and police say there is no indication of a cause at this point in time.

In a statement, Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes confirmed that a pipeline owned and operated by the company had ruptured at 5:45 p.m., about 13.5 kilometres north of Prince George.

The company’s emergency crews have responded, Barnes said, and “have isolated and are currently depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident.”

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