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Fire crews contain Halifax propane leak

April 24, 2014, Halifax – A Halifax fire official says crews have contained a propane leak that sent a large vapour cloud over the city's waterfront.

April 24, 2014
By The Canadian Press

April 24, 2014, Halifax – A Halifax fire official says crews have contained a propane leak that sent a large vapour cloud over the city's waterfront.

Division commander Scott Shaffner says the fire service was alerted at about 9 a.m. today by workers at an Irving Oil bulk propane plant on Pleasant Street.

He says a valve on a 1,000-pound container malfunctioned and caused the leak, which vented propane to the atmosphere.

Shaffner didn't know how much propane was released, but says there was no risk to the public.

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He says the valve froze and didn't close all the way, but workers adjusted it and slowed the leak.

He says they had not received any calls from people in the area complaining about an odour.