Ammonia Leak Closes Hwy 17 and Causes Evacuation

Bruce Mines Ammonia Leak

East Algoma (Thessalon) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have issued a press release stating that Highway 17 is closed at Bruce Mines. The highway has been closed for public safety as a result of an ammonia leak at the Bruce Mines Community Arena.

There is a detour for small passenger vehicles only. OPP do not know when the highway will be reopened and ask that travellers do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

OPP are also assisting with the evacuation of residents within a 1 kilometre radius of the arena. Ministry of Environment, Canutec, Hazmat Sault Ste. Marie and MTO are assisting.

Travellers are asked to visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 for traveller’s information.