Gas Pipeline Explodes In Minnesota Near USA-Canada Border

Crews battle TransCanada pipeline fire southeast of Emerson

CBC News: September 6, 2015

TransCanada was forced to shut down one of its natural gas pipelines Saturday night after a massive fire about 50 km southeast of Emerson, Man.

It happened at about 9 p.m CT in Kittson County, Minn. A TransCanada spokesperson said the fire started in the yard of the St. Vincent Compressor Station.

Crews fought the fire for more than four hours before managing to extinguish the blaze at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday.

(read full article at CBC)

Wild Sight For Emerson Residents As Pipeline Explodes

CJOB: September 6, 2015

Evacuated residents are back in their homes after a natural gas pipeline explosion caused the sky to bloom orange Saturday night.

The explosion occured in Minnesota. Volunteer firefighters were called to the fire which started about one kilometer south of the border.

Residents of two homes on the Canadian side were evacuated after the explosion but were allowed to return by 11:00 p.m. The explosion could be seen from kilometers away. Flames have been described as reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet. Residents of the area also describe hearing a loud rumbling noise.

(read the full article at CJOB)