Social media and the downtown night sky are lighting up Thursday evening. But Manitoba Hydro says all is well.
Manitoba Hydro crews have been busy repairing a damaged gas line in downtown Winnipeg since shortly after noon on Thursday.
45 customers, including the Royal Bank building and hotels, found themselves without natural gas after a construction worker struck the line on Fort St.
As crews make progress on restoring gas to the line they "flare off" air from the line, according to Manitoba Hydro in a tweet.
Pictures of the gas flares started circulating online Thursday evening, with many people concerned.
However, these flares are controlled and just means that Hydro is that much closer to getting all customers affected fully restored.
We have reintroduced gas to the line and now flaring off air. Once done we begin relights to our customers. Thanks to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service for all your efforts today and the patience of all Winnipeggers affected. pic.twitter.com/i1c9JFGTkU— Manitoba Hydro (@manitobahydro) February 8, 2019
Manitoba Hydro is still uncertain as to when everyone will have gas flowing again, but said that it should be late Thursday evening, or early Friday morning at the latest.