Pipeline explosion in Manitoba causes evacuations

January 27, 2014 12:25:55 PM PST
A natural gas pipeline exploded in southern Manitoba early Saturday morning, sending massive flames into the air and leading to the evacuation of five homes.

TransCanada Pipeline said in a statement that a fire broke out around 1:15 a.m. local time on the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline system. Officials said they evacuated five homes near the community of St. Pierre- Jolys, located about 50 kilometers south of Winnipeg, only as a precaution.

Police say there were no injuries or damage to homes and property in the area.