Controlled blasting will begin today at CFB Esquimalt. The blasts will happen once per week in the evening, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Aug. 17 to Oct. 1. File photo

Controlled blasting will begin today at CFB Esquimalt. The blasts will happen once per week in the evening, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Aug. 17 to Oct. 1. File photo

Controlled blasting starting tonight at CFB Esquimalt

Residents may hear whistles and blasts weekly between now and Oct. 1

Anyone living near CFB Esquimalt may hear whistles and blastings starting tonight and running weekly until Oct. 1.

The controlled blastings are scheduled to run between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and will happen during high tides to mitigate environmental efforts.

Before the blasts there will be 12 pre-blast whistles, and afterwards there will be five more whistles.

Base officials stress that all blasting will be in a controlled site and pose no danger to neighbours. They say explosions are small in scale, and residents are much more likely to hear the whistles than anything else.


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