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Markstay company faces charges over 2018 blast

Unintentional dynamite blast damaged homes in Bracebridge
The scene at one of the houses impacted by an August 2018 explosion in Bracebridge. (Doug Crosse/

A Sudbury-area company is facing charges in connection with an August 2018 dynamite blast in Bracebridge, southeast of Sudbury, that damaged several homes.

On Aug. 24, 2018, at least five homes in downtown Bracebridge received extensive damage following an explosion, including broken windows and doorframes and interior damage. No one was hurt in the incident.

At the time, Breaking Ground Drilling and Blasting Inc. was working on a road construction project on Kimberley Ave., which runs parallel to the town's main downtown thoroughfare.

After a lengthy investigation, the Ministry of Labour has charged Breaking Ground Drilling and Blasting Inc. as the employer for failing to ensure proper measures and procedures were followed before the explosion.

A worker is also charged with failing to work in compliance with regulations at the workplace. Both charges come under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The case will go to court in Bracebridge in October.

Based in Markstay-Warren, a bedroom community located south of Sudbury, Breaking Ground Drilling and Blasting Inc. offers a range of drilling blasting services in the residential, mining, and construction sectors.

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