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Residents Evacuated as Explosions Rock Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador

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A state of emergency has been declared in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, following several explosions at the site of an uncontrolled fire near explosive material. Residents have been urged to evacuate their homes as emergency services respond to the incident.

The fire, which broke out on the north end of Happy Valley-Goose Bay near abandoned buildings at the former airport, has led to concerns about the safety of the surrounding area. Mayor George Andrews emphasized the severity of the situation, urging immediate evacuation for residents on the north side while reassuring those in Spruce Park.

The RCMP has issued a statement requesting homeowners to stay at least a kilometre away from the impacted area, extending from the airport’s end to the docks, as fire crews work to contain the blaze and prevent further explosions.

Residents like Monica Legge were caught off guard as they were instructed to evacuate, having to quickly gather belongings, pets, and notify neighbors. The tense atmosphere has left many residents unsure of the fate of their homes, with concerns about the continued safety of the area.

Organizations like the SPCA, represented by Bonnie Learning, are also on high alert as they monitor the situation to ensure the safety and welfare of their animals. With the ongoing emergency, authorities are coordinating efforts to manage the situation and keep all individuals involved safe.

As the community in Happy Valley-Goose Bay grapples with the aftermath of the explosions and the uncontrolled fire, support from local officials, volunteers, and emergency responders remains crucial in managing the crisis and ensuring the well-being of residents.

Rachel Adams

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