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Big bang rattles Transcona, N.K.

Scrapyard source of minor explosion

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Some residents of Transcona and North Kildonan may have heard a loud explosion, but the company responsible says it's nothing to worry about.

The explosion was heard around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night, said Harbourview South resident Kurt Berger, who was watching TV in his basement when he heard the bang.

"It was a super loud crash. More like furniture hitting the floor (above me) than a gentle rumble," Berger said.

He ran upstairs, thinking his child had fallen down the stairs, but only saw his frightened dog reacting to the noise.

Berger said he called 311 and the police non-emergency line, but nobody seemed to know what had caused the noise. After consulting with members of local community Facebook groups, somebody came up with the theory it could be a local scrapping facility.

Sebastian Lau, manager of environmental and technical services at General Scrap Partnership in Springfield, confirmed the explosion was a result of a propane or gas tank getting crushed in a machine. He said it happens relatively frequently. The sound is just air escaping from the pressurized container, and not dangerous to people or the machinery in which it happens, he said.

Every time such an incident occurs, Manitoba Conservation is notified and it inspects the site, he said.

The scrapping yard was the site of a major fire in 2012.

oliver.sachgau@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 23, 2014 B3

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Updated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM CDT: Corrects last paragraph. General Scrap had major fire in 2012, not 2006 and 2011.

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