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Explosion at fertilizer plant near Saskatoon

Sulpher-based product blows in transfer equipment, no injuries.


SASKATOON — Fire crews responded to an explosion at a fertilizer plant outside of Saskatoon.

Employees of Richardson Pioneer said they heard an explosion the morning of Oct. 3 coming from equipment outside the building meant to transfer product from bins to be mixed and loaded for delivery.

Battalion Chief Sgt. Andy Kotelmach says the substance that exploded was a sulphur-based product.

Fire crews used thermal imaging to make sure there was no flame before the company opened the hatch and dumped the remaining hot chemical into a truck.

There were no injuries and no damage estimate was available.

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