Gas pipe blast shuts the Trans Canada

Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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BEARDMORE, Ontario, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A huge gas pipeline explosion closed the Trans Canada Highway in western Ontario, police said Sunday morning.

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred around 11 Saturday night about 100 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, Staff Sgt. Carl Pettigrew of the Ontario Provincial Police told CTV News.

Parts of the nearby town of Beardmore were evacuated for about an hour as emergency crews contained the fire. Pettigrew said it was under control, and the highway would be reopened once the blaze is extinguished.

"The residents here can feel the heat in their homes from the fire," the sergeant said. "It was a large fireball, and now the fire is down to slightly below what I would call treetop height."

He said the explosion's caused is unknown, but sabotage was not suspected.

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