Bizarre scene on Canadian golf course leads to evacuation
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:41 PM - Jamie Reitknecht was on the green at Indian Hills Golf Course in Lambton Shores, Ont., Wednesday when he came across an extraordinary sight: a natural burst of methane gas in a pond.
Video posted by Reitknecht on YouTube shows geysers of gas and muddy water shooting several feet into the air.
"It smells like propane," the golfer says in the video. "If you look right across, right above the green, there's this haze that looks like gas."
Emergency crews responded to a call after being notified of a gaseous odour around 7:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
There are no pipelines in the area, Andrea Stass, Union Gas spokesperson confirmed with Blackburn News, meaning the blast occurred naturally through a methane gas pocket.
A Spills Action Centre Team was dispatched to the area by The Ministry of Natural Resources. Air quality is being monitored and there have been no further impacts, Blackburn News reports.
Lambton Shores declared a localized emergency Wednesday afternoon for the Indian Hills Golf Course and surrounding areas. The emergency declaration allows the municipality to analyze the extent of the emergency by using provincial resources. The declaration will be carried out until the situation has been resolved, deputy mayor Doug Cook told Blackburn News.