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Residents Expect Loud Noises & Explosions from CFB Cold Lake

CFB Cold Lake to Dispose of Surplus Ordnance on Nov 25-26

Members of CFB Cold Lake and Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Dundurn will dispose of surplus shock charges in a section of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range from November 24 to 26, 2015. The disposal will take place approximately 40 km north of Cold Lake, with the largest explosions taking place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on November 25 and 26, 2015. Local and regional residents may hear explosions, loud noises, feel small ground tremors, and see large plumes of smoke rise several hundred feet into the air over the range. The explosions might resemble a forest fire. The disposals are being carried out in a safe and controlled manner.

The Canadian Armed Forces routinely dispose of surplus ammunition and explosives on ranges and controlled properties across Canada. CFB Cold Lake’s range was selected for this particular project due to its size and remoteness to populated areas. The ordinance disposal is taking place in a section of the range that is regularly environmentally certified for this activity.



As always, all measures are being taken to mitigate the impact these explosions may have on the surrounding area.

Note: attached photos are all from Exercise Taz Tornado, an advanced conventional munitions disposal exercise at Jimmy Lake Range, Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in 2014.
Photos: Cpl Manuela Berger

*Press Release from Royal Canadian Air Force

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