Sher­wood Park re­turn­ing to nor­mal af­ter blasts

Edmonton Journal - - FRONT PAGE - JU­RIS GRANEY jgraney@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/ju­ris­graney

Life in Sher­wood Park is re­turn­ing to nor­mal af­ter “three har­row­ing days” fol­low­ing a pair of ex­plo­sions in the parkade of the com­mu­nity cen­tre and the death of a 21-yearold man, Strath­cona County Mayor Rod Frank said Fri­day.

Frank said the RCMP had turned con­trol of the com­mu­nity cen­tre com­plex and town hall back over to the county but both will re­main closed in­def­i­nitely.

The parkade at the cen­tre of the ex­plo­sions re­mains an ac­tive crime scene and will re­main closed in­def­i­nitely. About 100 ve­hi­cles re­main in the fa­cil­ity.

Moun­ties have linked the two ex­plo­sions Tues­day night to Kane Kosolowsky, a man who died as the re­sult of a gun­shot wound. He was found in­jured in the parkade and died of his in­juries in hospi­tal.

Frank said Kosolowsky had never been an em­ployee of Strath­cona County.

“We’ve come through three har­row­ing days here. We don’t re­ally ex­pect to see ex­plo­sions in Strath­cona County let alone the coun­try,” Frank said.

“We are get­ting on with life here in Strath­cona County. I’m very proud of how we have come to­gether as a com­mu­nity dur­ing this chal­leng­ing and dif­fi­cult time.”

As many as 600 staff have been dis­placed be­cause of the ex­plo­sions with the city ’s recre­ation, parks and cul­ture fa­cil­ity ac­com­mo­dat­ing a large in­flux of those em­ploy­ees. Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices is of­fer­ing coun­selling and other sup­ports out of Mil­len­nium Place while li­brary staff con­tinue to run its mo­bile book ser­vice.

Fire Chief Jeff Hut­ton said con­sul­tants from Mer­win Engineering were brought in Thurs­day night to pro­vide a vis­ual in­spec­tion of the parkade. “The ini­tial con­clu­sion was pos­i­tive,” he said.

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