‘Three harrowing days’: Sherwood Park returning to normal after twin explosions rocks community

Life in Sherwood Park is returning to normal after “three harrowing days” following a pair of explosions in the parkade of the community centre and the death of a 21-year-old man, Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank said Friday.

Frank said the RCMP had turned control of the community centre complex and town hall back over to the county but both will remain closed for an indeterminate period of time.

The parkade at the centre of the explosions remains an active crime scene and will remain closed indefinitely. About 100 vehicles remain in the facility.

Mounties have linked the two explosions Tuesday night to Kane Kosolowsky, a man who died as the result of a gunshot wound. He was found injured in the parkade and transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Frank said Kosolowksy had never been an employee of Strathcona County.

“We’ve come through three harrowing days here. We don’t really expect to see explosions in Strathcona County let alone the country,” Frank said.

“We are getting on with life here in Strathcona County. I’m very proud of how we have come together as a community during this challenging and difficult time.”

Kane Kosolowsky.

As many as 600 staff have been displaced because of the explosions with the city’s recreation, parks and culture facility accommodating a large influx of those employees.

Family and Community Services is offering counselling and other supports out of Millennium Place while library staff continue to run its mobile book service.

Fire Chief Jeff Hutton said consultants from Merwin Engineering were brought in Thursday night to provide a visual inspection of the parkade.

“The initial conclusion was positive,” he said.

“What we know from the initial visual inspection is that there is no significant damage to the structural integrity of the parkade. Once the parkade is released to the county, there will be further structural, mechanical and electrical inspections and testing of the parkade.”

Mounties have yet to confirm the type of explosive materials used.

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