There were no injuries or nearby property damage when an Enbridge natural gas pipeline exploded near Shelley Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
RCMP say the explosion happened around 5:30 p.m. near Landooz Road. Residences within several km were evacuated as a precaution. The evacuation zone has now been reduced to one kilometre and residents previously evacuated can return home.
Police say there was no reported damage other than to the pipeline itself. The gas supply has been shut down. There is no indication of a cause at this point in time. Investigators will conduct an examination of the scene and a further update will be forthcoming tomorrow.
Mayor Lyn Hall, who was at an all candidates forum, said the city has activated its Emergency Operations Centre and is prepared to deliver emergency support services in conjunction with the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, if required.