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What surprised forensic engineers about massive Toronto propane explosions

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After the deadly Sunrise Propane explosions caused a massive evacuation in north Toronto, the central focus of regulators came as a surprise to some engineers who investigate such disasters. Pumping propane from one truck to another was identified as a

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The impact of east London disaster on the P&C industry

August 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Ten London, Ont. properties have “substantial” damage as a result of last week’s gas explosion, though it does not appear to be a major loss for Canada’s property and casualty industry as a whole. About twelve minutes after a vehicle

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Calgary house explosion believed not accidental

May 28, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Documents show that a Calgary house where there was a deadly explosion over the weekend was owned by a couple going through a divorce. Police responded to reports of an explosion on Saturday afternoon and found two people

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Mystery explosion damages 22 homes in Caledon

February 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Nearly two dozen homes were damaged after one fatal incident Sunday near Toronto. An explosion demolished a house in Caledon, killing Joseph Westcott and damaging neighbouring properties, The Canadian Press reported. About 22 homes were “damaged to varying degrees,” Andrea

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Fatal explosion damages about a dozen homes near Toronto

February 4, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALEDON, Ont. – A man has died and dozens were forced from their homes after an explosion completely demolished a house in Caledon, Ont., on Sunday morning, officials said as they investigated the incident. Officers were called to the home

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Irving oil explosion raises residential safety concerns

October 9, 2018 Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Oil refineries and other large industrial operations that are surrounded by residential communities need to work harder to ensure safety and protect their own bottom lines, multiple experts say. A massive refinery blast shook Saint John, N.B., on Monday, sending

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Explosion, fire hit Alberta Syncrude oilsands site

March 15, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Syncrude says most of its workforce has returned to an oilsands site in northern Alberta after an explosion and fire Tuesday. But company spokesman Will Gibson couldn’t say whether production has resumed after a fire erupted

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Acetylene explosion at Newfoundland refinery results in mischief charges

March 1, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

COME BY CHANCE, N.L. – Police have charged a man with mischief endangering the lives of others after a small bag of acetylene exploded in a welding area last fall at an oil refinery in Newfoundland. The 40-year-old man from

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Dozens of families still displaced after fatal house explosion west of Toronto

July 5, 2016 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Dozens of families were still unable to go home Monday as investigators worked to determine what caused an explosion west of Toronto that killed two people and injured nine others last week. Firefighters said 69 families – including 32 living

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2,000 evacuated, 13 killed after explosion at Mexican vinyl chloride plant

April 21, 2016 Peter Orsi And E. Eduardo Castillo - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY – An explosion killed 13 people and injured scores at a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast. The blast and ensuing fire caused evacuations in the area as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud into the air.