Gas pipeline between Lithuania and Latvia explodes | News

Fire extinguished at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in northern Lithuania with no signs of an attack or casualties.

A gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion in northern Lithuania with no immediate evidence of an attack.

A raging fire was later extinguished at the site of the explosion in Panevezys county on Friday, Lithuanian gas transmission operator Amber Grid said.

“Based on the initial assessment, we see no malignant cause, but the investigation will cover all possible options,” Amber Grid chief executive Nemunas Biknius told a news conference.

The gas supply was initially interrupted as the explosion damaged one of two parallel pipelines bringing gas from Lithuania to Latvia. But a few hours later, Latvia’s gas supply was restored, according to Biknius.

Lithuania, like war-torn Ukraine, borders Russia and is located on the Baltic Sea where Nord Stream gas pipelines between Russia and Germany were destroyed by explosions last year.

The flames rose initially about 50 meters (160 feet) into the air and could be seen from a distance of at least 17 km (11 miles). No injuries or deaths were reported, Baltic news agency BNS said.

Povilas Balciunas, head of public administration in the nearby town of Pasvalys, said the flames first burned like “a big gas flare” before subsiding.

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