Gas pipeline between Lithuania and Latvia blows up | News

Fireplace put out at website of a gasoline pipeline explosion in northern Lithuania with no indicators of assault or casualties.

A gasoline pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion in northern Lithuania with no instant proof of an assault.

A raging hearth was later put out on the blast website within the Panevezys county on Friday, Lithuanian gasoline transmission operator Amber Grid mentioned.

“In line with the preliminary evaluation, we don’t see any malign trigger however the investigation will cowl all doable choices,” Amber Grid chief government Nemunas Biknius informed a information convention.

The availability of gasoline was lower off at first because the blast broken one in every of two parallel pipelines sending gasoline from Lithuania to Latvia. However hours later, the gasoline provide to Latvia was restored, in accordance with Biknius.

Lithuania, like war-torn Ukraine, borders Russia and is located on the Baltic Sea the place the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream gasoline pipelines had been destroyed by explosions final yr.

Flames initially rose some 50 metres (160 ft) within the air and may very well be seen at a distance of at the least 17km (11 miles). There have been no accidents or fatalities reported, Baltic information company BNS mentioned.

Povilas Balciunas, head of public administration within the close by city of Pasvalys, mentioned flames initially burned like “an enormous torch of gasoline” earlier than calming down.

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