A power outage set off alarms at Teck Trail as well as on social media, though the latter has since been debunked. (Photo submitted)

The only firestorm in Trail was on social media

Power outage set off alarms at Teck Trail; company says no fire or flooding

Everybody hold on to your hats – the only firestorm was on social media.

Late night tweets about Teck Trail burning to the ground and several buildings being flooded, have been greatly exaggerated, according to the company’s spokesperson Catherine Adair.

“On the evening Wednesday, June 13, Trail Operations experienced an unplanned power outage in the lead smelter,” Adair told the Times Thursday morning.

“The power was restored at approximately 1 a.m., and the plants are returning to normal operations.”

She says there was no risk to public safety and community air monitors indicated that sulphur dioxide (SO2) remained below permit and within normal variability.

“There were audible alarms as crews responded to the incident,” Adair explained. “There was no fire as was rumoured on social media.”

As part of the power outage, the plant’s regular pumping system was not operating.

“So following our protocols,” Adair added. “All process water was contained on-site using designed containment, vactor trucks and portable pumps.”

A full investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Just Posted

Castlegar Mayor, area residents react to referendum defeat

Chernoff says proponents did “all they could” to push for project’s approval

Area I rejects recreation complex expansion proposal: referendum defeated

Enhancement plan wins overall vote, but was lost in one polling station

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

UPDATE: Guitars stolen in Nelson returned to band

Michael Rault’s band had three guitars taken after playing a show Thursday

Airbnb should not accept dwellings without business licenses, city says

Nelson wants province to negotiate with the company

VIDEO: Trafalgar students shave their heads for cancer charity

Molly Thomson and Solana Lam raised approximately $1,000

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Paul Bennett was ‘a champion for the sport,’ team manager says

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

Most Read