Shortly before noon Friday, Mar. 8, there was a minor unscheduled detonation at the Gibraltar Mine northeast of Williams Lake.
“This occurred when an excavator dug into an undetonated blast hole,” Brian Battison, vice-president of communications Taseko Mines Ltd., confirmed.
“There were no injuries and no equipment damage of any consequence. It was appropriately handled by mine personnel at the time and the inspector of mines was notified and attended in person prior to releasing the equipment back to operations later that day.”
An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway and all appropriate caution to prevent a reoccurrence is being taken, Battison said.