Dozens evacuated near Prince George, B.C., after gas line explosion

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Residents of a northern B.C. community are being allowed to return home after a natural gas explosion saw homes evacuated Tuesday evening.

Prince George RCMP said an incandescent orange fireball that was seen for kilometres around at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT was from an Enbridge natural gas pipeline exploding in Shelley, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George.

Homes within several kilometres were evacuated as a precaution, but people are now being allowed to return, police said in a news release at 7:30 p.m. PT. There was no damage to anything other than the pipeline, police said, and no one was injured. The gas has been shut off.

Police said it was unclear what caused the explosion but an update would be provided tomorrow.

Chief Dominic Frederick of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation said about 100 people from his community and another nearby subdivision were forced to flee.

The explosion, he said, happened about two kilometres from the reserve.

News credit-Cbc News

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