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  • Aug/10/08--Massive Explosions Shake The City Of Toronto







    Blasts at a north Toronto propane facility have forced the evacuation of thousands of frightened residents and has shut down part of Canada's busiest highway.

    However, the situation is slowly getting under control, Division Commander Bob O'Hallarn of Toronto Fire said at a news conference late Sunday morning.

    People living in North York around Keele Street and Wilson Avenue were woken up by the sounds of multiple booming blasts between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Fire officials determined that the explosion originated from the Sunrise Propane Facility.

    The blast sparked a six-alarm blaze, with 120 firefighters and 35 pieces of equipment on scene to fight the fire.

    O'Hallarn said just after 11 a.m. that only one smaller propane tank has some flames underneath it but fire officials believe it is the tires underneath that are burning.

    "It's still a risk but not as much as a risk as it was before," he said.

    Firefighters are trying to cool the propane rail tankers to keep it from exploding. They are also trying to keep spot fires that have sprouted throughout the facility under control.

    The tankers -- which were venting -- can hold up to 220,000 litres of propane, but it isn't known if they are full, he said.

    Aerial TV images shown about 10:30 a.m. didn't show much active burning.

    Giant fireballs

    The blast lit up the area with giant orange fireballs, sent smoke billowing into the sky and could reportedly be heard seven kilometres away.

    "It was just a tremendous explosion and blew all the windows out of the house, just blew the house up, and I just managed to get out of there in time,'' said area resident Robert Helman.

    "My windows just cracked and they blew out,'' said Ricardo Oliveria, 24.

    "My whole room lights up orange and I look out. I live on the top floor so I had a perfect view. And I just seen a huge ball of flame hundreds of metres in the sky, big black pillars of smoke.'

    "We got freaked out. My family woke up. They thought it was a plane that went down,'' he said.

    O'Hallarn said his firefighters found some vehicles on fire in the area and damage to houses across the street when they arrived at the scene.

    "So far we have not found anyone injured (in the houses)," he said.

    Fire officials said residents living in a 1.6-kilometre radius around the plant had been evacuated over concerns about explosions from the tankers.

    They are being taken to York University where Salvation Army volunteers will serve them a hot meal. The Red Cross and the Humane Society will also be at York University to help people and pets should they need it.

    "I don't think it will be days (before the evacuees can return home), I think it will be hours but if we run into problems that we can't foresee, then it might take longer," O'Hallarn said.

    He said fire officials don't believe there is any reason to fear the air quality in the area.

    The Canadian Press estimated that as many as 12,500 people could live in the evacuation zone around the site.

    Roads closed

    The 401 Highway -- which runs east to west -- was shut down between the 400 Highway, the major artery leading north out of Toronto, and the Don Valley Parkway. This has snarled traffic for thousands of motorists.

    Police said the highway should be re-opened later today, but there's no time estimate for when that might happen.

    A no-fly zone has also been imposed to cover the skies above the fire site. Trish Krale of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority told Newsnet that the fire has only had a minor effect on operations at Pearson International Airport, which lies to the west of the fire.

    Peter MacIntyre of Toronto EMS told the news conference that his staff have treated some people for minor injuries. Some people may have transported themselves to a hospital for treatment, he added.

    There were workers at the facility, which operates 24 hours per day. Cabbies driving propane-powered vehicles often use it to fill up.

    O'Hallrn said the cause of the blast isn't yet known.

    With files from The Canadian Press
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...hub=TopStories

  • #2
    holy shit
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    • #3
      God dammit.. at like 3:50am i heard some crazy shit goin on outside and felt my house shake but i was too lazy to go outside and check it out.. i missed it all!
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      • #4
        holy shit looks like a lil nuke
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        • #5
          damn .. Canada used to be so peaceful

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          • #6
            http://cp24.com/

            damn check out the video on the front page, grrr im so fuckin mad i missed it!!!!
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            • #7
              This is god punishement to the city of Toronto for being the host of the crappiest hockey team in history.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by crackheard420 View Post
                holy shit

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                • #9
                  holy shit @ that video .. thats fucking frightening shit ..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ron Burgundy View Post
                    This is god punishement to the city of Toronto for being the host of the crappiest hockey team in history.

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                    • #11
                      yea damn. I heard on the news this morning. I originally thought it was in the heart of downtown with the ACC/Rogers Centre/CN Tower, but thankfully it wasn't.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ron Burgundy View Post
                          This is god punishement to the city of Toronto for being the host of the crappiest hockey team in history.

                          LOL!!!!!!!
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                          • #14
                            damn that fireball gets big in the video...
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                            • #15
                              shit is nuts, amazing nobody died

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