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Three Unexploded World War I Bombs Discovered on Corrections Canada Site in Nova Scotia

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Sep 13 2014

  


The CBC has reported that three unexploded bombs were discovered in the urban neighborhood of Burnside, a Halifax, Nova Scotia Regional Municipality, at a industrial park where Corrections Canada is planning to build a $10 million halfway house.

The bombs have been identified as being originated from the 1940's, left-over from a July 1945 magazine explosion, scattering across the region after shells soared into the sky. Unexploded bombs, like these, are often found even 7 decades later.

Major Ron Folkins, a commander of the Canadian Forces ammunition depot in Bedford, Nova Scotia, stated that they get 3 to 4 calls per year about unexploded bombs in the area. He added, "They are dealt with very carefully".

The federal government is seeking help to dispose the 3 bombs at the Burnside industrial park, and any other explosives that may turn up in the area.

The thirty six bed halfway house building project will be located far enough away from local neighborhood homes and inside a a federal owned "buffer zone" beside the Bedford ammunition depot.

The Government has issued a $3 million tender for the half way house site preparation, land clearing, concrete pad construction, and the screening, clearance and removal of any unexploded ordnance.

Bidding construction contractors have to ensure that nearby buildings and properties will be protected during demolition process.

Corrections Canada stated it likes the location of the facility as the potential job opportunities with nearby businesses will assist residents of the half-way house to "successfully reintegrate into the community as law-abiding citizens," according to a Corrections Canada spokesperson.

Corrections Canada says the halfway house facility project will be completed by 2016.

  

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