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Pipeline explosion in Canada: Heat cut for thousands in 45 degree wind chill

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Pipeline explosion in Canada has cut off the heat supply for thousands of homes. Wind chill south of Winnipeg, Manitoba could reach extremes as low as 45 degrees below zero. According to The Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 27, the explosion occurred on Saturday.

Officials are working to supply emergency compressed natural gas to critical locations as temperatures with wind chill could reach as low as minus 45 degrees F.

Pipeline explosion in Canada could leave some residents without heat for days. Blizzard-like conditions limited authorities response on Monday. Extended amounts of frigid weather in both the U.S. and Canada has stressed heating infrastructure to the max.

The temperatures have depleted supplies of propane and caused prices to spike in some areas. There have even been some unconfirmed reports of rationing. Spot prices have climbed double digits so far. Natural gas is used to generate power in many parts of the country.

The cause of the pipeline explosion in Canada is under investigation. A fireball was seen in the sky right after it occurred. There were no injuries reported related to the explosion.

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