9 a.m. Update: Hickory Drive Explosion

The perimeter has shrunk from last evening. The following road closures are in effect: Rathburn Rd. (to the south), Hickory Drive (to the west), Hickory Drive (to the north), Dixie Rd. (to the east).

City officials continue to assess damages. Investigation is ongoing with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

Residents re-entering their homes who notice damage are asked to report it to 311 and their insurance company. Residents who have been impacted and do not have access to their homes are requested to contact 905-453-2121 (ext. 1241 ) – Peel Regional Police call-in line to confirm their well-being.

The reception centre at Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, 1500 Gulleden Drive will remain open until 5 p.m. today. The need for the reception centre will be assessed throughout the day.

Peel Social Services, Red Cross and the Insurance Bureau of Canada are onsite and can assist families as needed.

Burnhamthorpe Library will be delayed in opening this morning. Residents are asked to use neighbouring libraries. In addition, St. Basil School (4235 Golden Orchard) is also closed today.

First responders including Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Regional Police and Peel EMS continue to stabilize the site.

Residents can call 311 and follow @peelpolicemedia and @citymississauga on Twitter for updates.

Hickory Drive Explosion Update: 9 p.m.

ROAD CLOSURES:

There is no access to Rathburn Rd. (to the south), Golden Orchard (to the west), Eastgate Pwky. (to the north), Dixie Rd. (to the east).

RESIDENTS THAT LIVE WITHIN THE EVACUTION AREA:

There is no access to Rathburn Rd. (to the south), Golden Orchard (to the west), Eastgate Pwky. (to the north), Dixie Rd. (to the east). At this time, 58 homes have had their utilities turned off.

If you live in this area, please make overnight accommodations.

The affected area will remain closed off tonight. If you need access to medication, please report it to staff at the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre. If you want to get your pet(s), please see a Peel Regional Police officer at Hickory Dr. and Hickory Dr. (on the perimeter of the evacuation area).

MiWay buses are transporting people affected by the explosion to the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre: 1500 Gulleden Drive.

Peel Social Services is onsite and can assist families as needed. At this time donations are not needed for residents.

The Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) will be onsite to conduct an investigation. Mississauga Fire and Emergencies Services, Peel Regional Police and Peel EMS continue to be onsite working to stabilize the site.

Residents can call 311 and follow @peelpolicemedia and @citymississauga on Twitter for updates.

7:15 p.m. Update: Hickory Drive Explosion

Residents are asked to avoid the area of Rathburn Road and Dixie Road due to a home explosion on Hickory Drive.

First responders including Mississauga Fire and Emergencies Services, Peel Regional Police and Peel EMS are working to stabilize the site. At this time, it has been confirmed that 25 homes have been affected.

Road closures are in effect on Dixie Road south of Eastgate Parkway. Additional closures on Golden Orchard Drive, Rathburn Road and Burnhamthorpe Road are also in effect.

A reception centre has been set up at Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, 1500 Gulleden Dr., for those affected.

Residents can call 311 and follow @peelpolicemedia and @citymississauga on Twitter for updates.

Fun, Food and Fireworks – Canada Day at Mississauga Celebration Square

Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday on Friday July 1 from 2 to 10:30 p.m. at Mississauga Celebration Square with amazing artists and 100,000 friends. The event is headlined by multi award-winning Canadian performers The Strumbellas, folk-pop songstress Ria Mae and features a spectacular fireworks show to end the night.

Join Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council to celebrate Canada Day at the Square’s biggest event of the yearpresented by Tim Hortons.

ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Global News Toronto’s Farah Nasser, Alan Carter and Liem Vuwill host the free event which includes family-friendly entertainment all day long.

This year’s entertainment features aerial cirque shows, extreme stunt running demos such as parkour and a concert line-up showcasing the best in Canadian talent, including:

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