BRP explosion in Quebec leaves 2 workers with severe burns

By // Montreal | BRP explosion in Quebec leaves 2 workers with severe burns
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

An overnight explosion at Bombardier Recreational Products' research and development centre in Valcourt in Quebec's Eastern Townships has left two employees with severe burns.

Provincial police said officers on patrol in the area heard the explosion just after midnight and saw a ball of fire shoot from the vast complex. They witnessed two men run out of the building.

"They fled the building. It was in flames," said Quebec provincial police spokesman Bruno Beaulieu.

The 38-year-old employee and a security guard, 54, were transported to L'Enfant-Jésus Hospital in Quebec City. Both were in induced comas.

Beaulieu said it appears the explosion happened in a laboratory, causing a fire that firefighters quickly brought under control.

A police investigation is underway.

The research centre is in the same complex as Bombardier's headquarters in Valcourt, about 130 kilometres east of Montreal.

Bombardier Recreational Products — known as BRP — makes motorized recreational vehicles including Ski-Doo brand snowmobiles, Sea-Doo jetskis, Evinrude outboard motors and all-terrain vehicles.

The company was expected to comment on the explosion later on Friday.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Woman's family seeks new murder trial after remains found on suspect's farm

Victim's family calls for new Pickton trial LIVE 11:59:592 shares        Facebook            Twitter            Reddit            Google            Share        ... Full story

Long-time Tim Hortons employees escorted out the door

Dozens of corporate Tim Hortons workers, including pregnant women and staff who had been with the chain for 30 years, were summoned to meet with ... Full story

Winnipeg under first citywide boil-water advisory

Winnipeg's first-ever boil-water advisory doesn't mean it should turn into a "no-water event," a city official said a day after the advisory took effect due ... Full story

Felix the feeble fox found by local vet, nursed back to health

A young fox that was found on Newfoundland's west coast has been nursed back to health, thanks to a lucky encounter with a local vet.The ... Full story

Richard Brower reunited with dog after 18 months while looking for new one on rescue society website

A year and a half after his beloved German shepherd went missing, Alberta man Richard Brower was finally ready to accept that his pet was ... Full story

Wolf cull to save Southern Selkirk herd of caribou has begun

A controversial plan to cull two packs of wolves in order to protect an endangered herd of caribou in the B.C. Kootenays has begun.The cull ... Full story

Canadian workforce at lowest level since 2000

Just 121,000 more Canadians found jobs in 2014 and the number of people in the workforce has fallen to the lowest level in 14 years, ... Full story

Truck fire closes Highway 99 south of Massey Tunnel

A burning dump truck has closed B.C.'s Highway 99 in both directions south of the Massey Tunnel.Witnesses are reporting explosions as the dump truck continues ... Full story

Manitoba wildlife centre discovers rescued crow, Jet, can talk

A Manitoba wildlife centre has an unusual bird on his hands – a talking crow named Jet.The crow came to Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in ... Full story

Teen raped by sex offender in police vehicle suing for 'gross misconduct'

A young woman from an Inuit village in northern Quebec is suing for $400,000 after she was left handcuffed in a police vehicle with a ... Full story

Middle-class families earn up to $120,000 a year

Canada's finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government's contentious multibillion-dollar tableau of family-friendly measures.By that ... Full story

Rate this article


Breaking News

Pedestrian struck in Markham

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle in Markham.  York Regional Police were called to the area of Bur Oak Avenue ...

Twin girls draw hundreds of possible liver donors

Word has spread around the world about Binh and Phuoc Wagner, twin sisters who both need liver transplants but have only one donor in their adoptive father.  But that could change, according ...

Raptors win OT thriller in Brooklyn

A Navy SEAL spoke to the Toronto Raptors before the season, reminding them there is never an easy day. This started out looking like one, before ...

Missing man may be seriously injured, police say

Toronto police continue to look for a man last seen near the Ossington subway station who may be seriously injured.  Safdhar Rahim, 63, was last seen ...

'Broadband' as defined by U.S. now 5 times faster than in Canada

Internet speed now has to be a lot faster in order to qualify as advanced broadband in the U.S. — five times faster than high-speed ...

Ontario couple faces new murder charge

An Ontario couple accused of killing a man and his mother now face a new murder charge involving another member of the same family. Melissa Merritt ...

What's On: Toronto Tea Festival not the only brew in town

Whether or not you're a tea devotee, the Toronto Tea Festival has something on offer for you. And that's not the only festival on brew ...

RCMP allege Ponzi scheme afoot at Seaquest Capital

Five former executives of Seaquest Capital Corporation have been arrested and charged by the RCMP's Toronto financial crimes unit for allegedly bilking investors out of ...

Toronto man sought in Richmond Hill sex assault

Sandor Szabo, 48, is wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Richmond Hill, York Regional Police say. (York Regional Police)A Toronto man is wanted ...

Terrorism: A look at what other countries have done to combat the threat

New anti-terror measures introduced Friday by the Conservative government are seen as a direct response to the attacks in October in which two Canadian soldiers ...