Charges laid in Canmore explosion that destroyed home, damaged others Charges include failure to ensure the safety of a worker Posted: Aug 24, 2017 5:19 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 24, 2017 5:19 PM MT A ruptured gas line caused an explosion in Canmore, Alta., that destroyed this home in 2015. (Jennifer Lee/CBC) 'It's a miracle that no one died,' says Canmore mayor after house explosion Charges have been laid under Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act over an explosion in Canmore that blew up an empty home and damaged several others. A contractor excavating for footings and foundations at a construction site on 13th Street struck a gas main on June 26, 2015. The gas company had time to evacuate nearby homes and no one was hurt, although one worker was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. APM Construction Services now faces seven charges under the act, and Ground Zero Grading is charged with six counts. The charges include failure to ensure the safety of a worker. Two individuals are also facing the same charge: Jerry Arbeau and Andrew Pacaud. None of the allegations have been proven in court. Canmore's 13th Street, as seen from the air, after the explosion. The house on the corner lot was completely destroyed after a contractor working nearby hit a gas line.
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