More specifics are out regarding vehicles trapped in the Strathcona County Community Centre's parkade.
Mayor Rod Frank provided the update in relation to last week's explosions during a media debriefing.
After a thorough investigation, the RCMP turned the control of the Community Centre parkade back over to the county on Saturday. According to Frank, their priority is to return over 100 vehicles that are still trapped in the parkade to their owners quickly and safely. The county has been calling the owners to inform them of the next steps. They have also asked that people who have vehicles in the parkade leave their name and contact information with county staff at 780-417-7100.
Before removal can begin, the parkade and vehicles must undergo a complete indoor contamination assessment to properly understand any health risks that the explosion may have caused. The county also requires a more detailed structural assessment of the building.
Frank noted that they expect results from the environmental testing on Tuesday (Nov.13) and then will determine the best approach to removal.
He also said that most of the vehicles appear to be still operational, however it is too early to tell from just initial inspection.
The initial explosion damaged nine other vehicles, which resulted in the gas tank of one of the vehicles catching fire and causing the second explosion. The explosives used in the first explosion is still under investigation.
Police say their suspect, 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound that evening and later died in hospital. No bystanders were injured.
When inspecting Kosolowsky's vehicle, RCMP discovered more than five licensed firearms (hand guns, shotguns and hunting rifles). At this time, no specific motives or target have been identified.
The RCMP say that they are not looking for any other suspects.
Salisbury Composite High, St. Theresa Catholic School, the Central Learning Services Building and Festival Place have all been reopened. County hall is expected to open later this week.