UPDATE: Most residents returning home following B.C. pipeline explosion

Dylan McCullough | October 10, 2018 in Provincial

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(UPDATE Oct. 10, 6 a.m. ) -  Most residents of a community near Prince George, B.C. are being allowed back into their homes after a gas pipeline ruptured Tuesday evening.

The ruptured pipeline sparked a massive explosion 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, B.C., about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George.

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.

(UPDATE 8 p.m.) - Evacuations are taking place in Prince George, B.C. after a pipeline explosion took place several hours ago.

Authorities have yet to confirm the exact location, but according to social media posts, the incident took place north of the Lheidli T’enneh reserve in Prince George.

At this time, it is unclear how many residents have been evacuated from the vicinity of the blast.

(Original Story) - A pipeline has ruptured and sparked a massive fire north of Prince George, B.C.

British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment says it has been notified of the incident and that the 900 PSI gas line is operated by Enbridge.

It says the incident is ongoing in the community of Shelley, northeast of Prince George.

More to come.

Thumbnail courtesy of Greg Noel.

With files from The Canadian Press. 

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