Miscreant Dynamites Main at Kenora, Ont.

Miscreant Dynamites Main at Kenora, Ont.

What is claimed to be one of the most serious acts in the history of the town of Kenora, Ont., was the blowing up of one of the duplicate water mains crossing the bed of Laurenson’s Creek early one morning in July, by some miscreant. Dynamite was evidently used for this purpose and the time was fixed by the recording meter at the pumping stations as 3:10, the meter marking a jump of over a thousand gallons a minute at that hour. The prompt action of John Carlson, who was in charge of the station, in quickly throwing on another pump to take off the strain, probably saved serious damage to the pump in action. He notified Manager Saylor, of the probable break and after arousing the water department staff, considerable searching resulted in locating it, and the water was shut off at either side of the river in a little less than two hours following the explosion. It was found that the entire main was blown up at about the centre of the river and the pipes broken and blown some distance. Although no clues are at hand as to who committed this deed, it is hoped that the party or parties will be quickly apprehended.

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