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Natural gas pipeline explosion

Five homes have been evacuated as a precaution after a natural gas pipeline explosion early today near the southern Manitoba community of St. Pierre-Jolys.

TransCanada Pipeline says in a statement that a fire broke out around 1:15 a.m. local time on the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline system near the community about 25 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

It says the pipeline has been shut down and roads leading to the site have been closed.

The company says RCMP, the fire department and Manitoba Hydro are on the scene, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is sending an investigator as well.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined and there is no estimate of damage.

There was Twitter traffic overnight about huge fireballs shooting into the sky that could be seen from several kilometres away.

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