It's a long weekend here in Canada and some crazy stuff happening here locally - some not so good.
Last night, after seeing Salt at the theater, we were driving home and saw a giant plume of smoke. A business complex a block away from the Club Penguin head office (yup, Disney's Club Penguin) caught fire - don't worry Club Penguin is fine so those of you on it, waddle away . Unfortunately this was a nasty fire for the firefighters to fight as there was a welding store and a chemical store in this building - therefore lots of explosions and toxic smoke.
Unfortunately, early this morning, a substantial amount of the chemicals leaked into nearby Mill Creek. From the reports that I've been reading on one of the local message boards there's some really nasty stuff in there. Mill Creek flows into Okanagan Lake. Currently, downtown at City Park very close to where the creek flows into the lake, is a very large outdoor sports festival happening (Centre of Gravity). The cops and firefighters are evacuating everyone out of the lake in the immediate area. There are a few water events as part of the Centre of Gravity fest including wakeboarding and jetskiing. After seeing the crowds downtown last night, I have to say there are probably a ton of people down there today. Lots of people, chemicals in the water, not good. Hopefully the firefighters and the Hazmat people can get it contained.
And to add to this, the whole valley is full of smoke from the many forest fires that are burning around the province. What a great long weekend it's turning out to be.
I hope I didn't get a whif of these chemicals in that fire because the plume of smoke was heading towards East Kelowna at around 11:00pm. My eyes were burning a bit last night and got a bit of a headache today.
Here's some pics of the fire last night:
Stewart Centre Fire
Some pics of the chemicals in Mill Creek:
Mill Creek chemicals
And some of the local media coverage:
Stay out of the water: CORD - Kelowna News - Castanet.net