It shook homes and rattled residents along the Nechako river Monday night, while sending emergency crews scurrying. But in the end, the source of the sound of a large bang or explosion, was a controlled blast at a rock quarry near Otway Road.
The blast occurred after 8:30pm and was heard in parts of the bowl as well as in the Hart Highlands area. But it was felt prominently by homeowners on both sides of the Nechako River who live along North Nechako Road and Otway Road. There have been no reports of damage.
Fire Rescue personnel along with RCMP members searched throughout the area for more than an hour before learning of the source. Firefighters even took air reading around the Foothills Landfill to determine if a methane gas explosion had occurred.
But in the end, it appears a simple communication error was behind the confusion over the source. Someone didn’t tell someone about the planned blast.