Fire likely at de­pot: re­port

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

A ma­jor mu­ni­tions de­pot in Hal­i­fax is at high risk of a “cat­a­strophic’’ fire that could kill mil­i­tary per­son­nel, de­stroy mil­lions of dol­lars worth of am­mu­ni­tion and cause “se­vere en­vi­ron­men­tal damage,’’ ac­cord­ing to a newly re­leased as­sess­ment of the fa­cil­ity.

The re­port by the Cana­dian Forces fire mar­shal found that a fire at the de­pot, which houses most of the weaponry for the re­gion’s naval ves­sels and bases, was “likely’’ — with the risk of a fire be­ing deemed high.

It said im­me­di­ate steps were needed to re­duce the chances of a fire at the Cana­dian Forces Am­mu­ni­tion De­pot, which oc­cu­pies the north­ern shore­line of the Bed­ford Basin and also has a missile main­te­nance fa­cil­ity and load­ing jetty.

The re­view was re­quested by the com­man­der of CFB Hal­i­fax and com­pleted in June 2015, but just re­cently re­leased to the CBC.

Na­tional De­fence did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

“Con­sid­er­ing the po­ten­tial for loss of mil­lions of dol­lars in am­mu­ni­tion, the po­ten­tial net ex­plo­sive quan­tity present and the prob­a­bil­ity of loss of life, the fire ef­fect sever­ity is set at cat­a­strophic,’’ reads the doc­u­ment.

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