North Sydney Walmart remains closed with no date for reopening
Smoke canister causes minor damage at Memorial, while North Sydney Walmart remains closed.
School board officials say a smoke signal canister set off last week at a local high school caused only minor damage.
A smoke signal canister was discharged at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines, causing limited damage to ceiling tiles in the building.
“All they had to do was replace some ceiling tiles, as for the floor, all they had to do was wax it,” said Michelle MacLeod, spokesperson for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
“It was dust that came out (from the smoke signal canister) so there was a lot of washing and cleaning.”
Cape Breton Regional Police and the Sydney Mines Volunteer Fire Department responded to the high school around 10:30 a.m. last Thursday to answer a report of a fire alarm. After a search of the building, firefighters located a smoke signal canister underneath a stairway.
No one was hurt. Students and staff were evacuated from the school. School board officials cancelled classes for the remainder of the day as a precaution.
MacLeod said the cleaning as well the replacement of ceiling tiles was completed on Thursday, prior to the students returning to class, Friday morning.
Meanwhile, on Nov. 6, the North Sydney Walmart was evacuated after somebody set off a smoke signal canister, reportedly between freezer units
in the retail grocery section, inside the King Street location.
Cape Breton Regional Police, along with the North Sydney Volunteer Fire Department and
Cape Breton Regional Fire Services Hazmat team, were called to the Walmart store around 4:30 p.m. to reports of orange smoke
inside the building.
Customers and employees were evacuated from Walmart as well as parts of the North Sydney Mall.
The Hazmat team confirmed the smoke to be non-toxic.
“We’re still working on the store and we don’t have a reopening date yet,” said Alex Roberton, senior director of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post on Tuesday.
Regional police continue to investigate both incidents.
Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact regional police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Members of the Sydney Mines Volunteer Fire Department responded to Memorial High School, last Thursday, after a smoke signal canister was set off in the building. No one was hurt in the incident.