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Vaudreuil-Dorion, St. Lazare cancel fireworks exhibition

  •  Firefighters gather at the scene of the explosion at the B.E.M. fireworks plant in Coteau-du-Lac.
    Firefighters gather at the scene of the explosion at the B.E.M. fireworks plant in Coteau-du-Lac.
    Photo credit: Dario Ayala / THE GAZETTE

This story has been updated.

After Thursday’s explosion at a fireworks plant that killed two female workers in Coteau-du-Lac, the nearby cities of Vaudreuil-Dorion and St. Lazare have decided to cancel their fireworks exhibitions scheduled for Sunday to celebrate St-Jean-Baptiste Day.

“Out of respect for the victims, the administration has decided to cancel the demonstration,” said Jessica Genest, a spokesperson for Vaudreuil-Dorion. “Our thoughts are with the victims.”

The explosion at the plant called B.E.M., occurred just before 9 a.m. on Thursday. It was felt from Vaudreuil-Dorion, and many residents were able to see a plume of smoke emanating from the plant for most of the morning.

The fire was declared under control about 1 p.m.

Genest said she didn’t know if the victims were from the city, nor did she know how many of the plant’s 20 to 25 employees live in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

The town of Coteau-du-Lac doesn’t have a St-Jean-Baptiste celebration.

“All our thoughts are with B.E.M., and the families of the victims” the city said in a statement.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the city’s hands were somewhat forced, since its fireworks were destroyed in the blaze.

St. Lazare cancelled its pyrotechnics show as well, as a gesture of solidarity for its supplier, BEM, a notice on the town’s website stated.

“We offer our condolences to the families touched by this tragedy and to our long-time faithful supplier.”

All other activities planned for St-Jean Baptiste Day will go on in St. Lazare. The town will ask for a moment of silence for the victims of Thursday’s blast in Coteau du Lac at the time the fireworks display had originally been scheduled on Sunday evening.

St. Lazare officials also said that it is likely that it will have to cancel the fireworks planned for Canada Day.

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3 comments

  1. Wow city spokes person says to honor the victims we cancel and mayor Pilon says they were somewhat forced to cancel. Contradicting much… Yet again our wonderful mayor puts his foot in his mouth and shows his true sensitive side

  2. One line says it was cancelled by choice; “St. Lazare cancelled its pyrotechnics show as well, as a gesture of solidarity for its supplier, BEM, a notice on the town’s website stated.”, and the last line; “St. Lazare officials also said that it is likely that it will have to cancel the fireworks planned for Canada Day.” implies it was cancelled by choice. Which was it St. Lazare? Man up or shut up.

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