On April 3, 2015 shortly after 4 p.m., officers from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a vacant lot in Spragge, Ontario where explosives were discovered by the property owner. Officers confirmed that a significant amount of explosives were involved and requested the assistance of the OPP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU).
As a precaution, the adjacent homes were temporarily evacuated and rail service in the area was suspended until further assessment was completed. Residents returned home and rail service resumed earlier this evening.
Tomorrow morning, April 4, 2015, EDU will be safely disposing of the explosives. The duration of this procedure is expected to be four to five hours. During this time, the adjacent homes will be once again temporarily evacuated as a precautionary measure. There will be no other disruption to traffic or rail service during this process.
OPP members have secured the scene and will remain on site to ensure public safety. The origin of the explosives is still under investigation. The public is reminded to contact police whenever they come across suspected explosive materials.