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50 homes evacuated after lightning strikes gas line

Last Updated Aug 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm EST

More than 50 homes were evacuated after a lightning strike early Sunday morning ruptured a gas line in Tillsonburg. FACEBOOK/OPP

Residents at more than 50 homes have been allowed to return home after being evacuated in a small town southeast of London due to a gas leak.

Provincial police say a lightning strike from a storm passing through southern Ontario around 3 a.m. struck a gas line at a residential home on Kara Lane in Tillsonburg.

According to fire officials, the strike severed the gas line and released a large quantity of natural gas into neighbouring homes and the sewer system, prompting the early morning evacuation.

No injuries or explosions have been reported.

Displaced residents were allowed to return home around 1 p.m.

Enbridge Gas says they expect service to be restored to customers later this evening.