A 35 year old man was killed in an explosion in central Alberta Thursday.
It happened just after 1:30 pm at J Moore Enterprises in the Burnt Lake Industrial Park, north of Red Deer.
Occupational Health and Safety say it appears the man was checking to see if a tanker trailer was clean when the explosion took place. The cause of the blast has not been determined.
The 35 year old died at the scene. No one else was hurt.
Blackfalds RCMP said the tanker was destroyed and that debris spread over a one block area. There was also damage to nearby buildings.
The man’s family have been told, but police say his name will not be released.
“At approximately 2 p.m. this afternoon, a worker was checking to determine if a large bulk tanker had been cleaned and apparently, it was at that point, the tanker exploded and the worker was killed,” Andrew Hanon with Alberta Labour said.
Nobody else was injured.
Red Deer RCMP said there was only one explosion, which was felt by people in Red Deer.
Christine Fitzsimons works in an office she estimates is about 100 metres north of the site of the explosion. She told Global News she felt a powerful blast while sitting at her desk.
“And then just this huge boom. I couldn’t even comprehend what had just happened,” Fitzsimons said. “I thought my car exploded outside or something hit our building but at the same time, I saw this red flash and it felt like I’d been slapped.
Fitzsimons said her building was not evacuated but when asked how she felt about going back to work on Friday, she said it would be on her mind.
“It’s a concern anytime you work in an industrial area, you know, there’s equipment and chemicals around,” she said. “It’s always a concern but it just reminds us to always have a safety plan.”
With files from Global News (eb, kb, km)