On Wednesday October 19, 2016 at approximately 4:44 pm members of the Niagara Regional Police Service, St. Catharines Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services say they attended the area of a residence on Green Maple Drive in the South end of St. Catharines for a gas leak.


Investigation revealed that a resident of the area purposely cut a natural gas line located within his residence causing a rupture of the line and natural gas to escape into the surrounding area. Due to the toxicity and potential flammability of the gas, residents of neighbouring houses in close proximity were evacuated by police until members of the Fire Departement were able to shut off the supply to the residence. A short time later residents returned to their homes after it had been deemed safe to do so. No area residents were injured as a result of this incident.

Charged with one count of Mischief Endangering Life contrary to section 430(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada is 70 year old Thomas McMillan. McMillan was transported to hospital by ambulance where he was assessed medically and is being held for a Bail Hearing.

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