Explosion in a factory in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield


SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – A building at the General Dynamics defense and tactical systems factory was destroyed on Friday in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Montérégie.

The small building, where explosive powder is handled, would have been destroyed by an explosion that occurred in the morning, said the director of the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield fire safety service, Michel Ménard.

He assured that there is no risk of spread, the company taking “a lot of precautions”.

General Dynamics is a creator and manufacturer of ammunition adapted to the needs of the armed forces and police organizations. The company works in particular with the American army.

Ménard said a team of firefighters was fighting the flames in defensive mode. According to him, no injuries were reported.

Robert Poirier, a citizen of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, told TVA Nouvelles that a “big boom” was heard about a kilometer away.

The company declined to comment.

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