Beloeil, QB Factory Explosion Kills Eight, Oct 1975

McMASTERVILLE QUEBEC EXPL PLANT BLAST OCT 1975

EXPLOSION FATAL TO 8 AT FACTORY IN CANADA.

Beloeil, Canada (AP) - Canadian Industries Ltd. shut down production at its big McMasterville explosives plant following a huge explosion in which eight men were killed and seven others hospitalized.
The blast Wednesday night blew out windows for a radius of five miles of the plant located in Quebec Province.
Scores of persons were treated for cuts, and several houses were shifted off their foundations, but there were no explosions in the other 49 buildings in the square-mile plant area.
The company said all production of explosives at the plant 15 miles east of Montreal was stopped until a panel of experts from the federal and provincial governments and the company determined the cause of the blast.
The explosion occurred in a building used for the manufacture of cap-sensitive slurries, "one of the new generation of explosives," a company spokesman said.
"It's not as sensitive as nitroglycerine," he added.
The dead were among 13 workers inside the building at the time of the blast. The other five were injured. The other two men hospitalized in St. Hyacinthe were working in other parts of the plant.
One official of the company estimated damage to the plant at close to $1 million. Police said estimates for buildings damaged outside the plant area will not be ready for some time.
Listing of Casualties:
PIERRE BERNIER.
GERALD BEAUREGARD.
JEAN OUELLETTE.
PIERRE LEVESQUE.
PIERRE FOURNIER.
ALAIN BEDARD.
EDGAR RACINE.
GERARD CARON.

Brownwood Bulletin Texas 1975-10-02