Potentially explosive chemical safely destroyed in Saskatoon

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by
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SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Fire Department says an unstable chemical found at ALS Laboratory Group was safely destroyed Friday. It all started with a report of a potentially explosive chemical being discovered at a business at 819 58th St. W. at around 12:30 p.m. CT.

Emergency services, members of the police’s explosives disposal unit and the Hazmat unit were called to the laboratory in the North Industrial neighbourhood.

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The chemical disposal company had responded to pick up two containers of expired Ethyl-ether. One of the containers had become deformed and dangerous.

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Police said, in this case, it’s believed the chemical was potentially explosive.

The business was evacuated as a precaution and a perimeter was set up by police.

The fire department says a plan was made to safely dispose of the chemical and emergency services transported them to an area by 60 Street and Faithfull Avenue. A lockdown and evacuation of all businesses along the route was completed.

The chemical was destroyed in a vacant field.

No injuries were reported.


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