ST. CATHARINES, Ontario (WIVB) — On Thursday morning, the Niagara Regional Police Service says it responded to reports of explosions in nearby Canada.

Around 6:30 a.m, police went to northern St. Catharines, in the area of Seaway Haulage Road and Keefer Road.

Some residents had said they felt their home shake. People north of this area were asked to stay inside, away from the smoke.

“Do not come to the area,” police wrote, noting that there are road closures and evacuations of nearby homes and businesses.

As of approximately 5:15 p.m., evacuated residents were allowed to return to their residences and the shelter-in-place order was lifted to surrounding areas, according to St. Catherine’s Fire Services.

News 4 later learned that there was an industrial fire that resulted in one man being badly burned.

Fire officials are still looking into what caused the explosions in the first place.

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