Statue to mark 50 years since 15 men died in B.C. coal mine explosion

Victims remembered 50 years after B.C. mine blast

SPARWOOD, B.C. — A ceremony in Sparwood, B.C., marks the 50th anniversary of a deadly coal mine explosion.

On April 3, 1967, a blast tore through the Balmer North mine in southeastern B.C., killing 15 men and injuring 10 others.

It happened at 4 p.m., just as the first members of the afternoon shift were entering the mine, but the day shift had already left.

A bronze statue of a miner will be unveiled in Sparwood’s Titan Park to remember the victims.

Statue sculptor Nathan Scott says that as a former miner, he understands the significance of the unveiling.

He says that in B.C.’s small mining towns, disasters such as the one at Balmer North affect many people for a very long time. (CHBZ)

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

UPDATED: Dog found wandering in Langley headed to his Alberta family

The Langley Animal Protection Society and a kind truck driver are helping Frankie get home.

UPDATED: Byelection lawsuit cost Langley City $27,000

Last-place candidate Serena Oh failed to convince the Supreme Court to hear her case.

Michael Jackstien named Langley’s Good Citizen of the Year

The longtime volunteer organized the BC Summer Games and many other local events.

Province’s best young curlers compete in Langley

Langley Curling Centre is hosting the juniors from Dec. 18 to 23.

Langley’s Marley and Cratchit bring spirit of giving to life

Local accountants will act as characters from A Christmas Carol for a fundraiser.

Me Too At Work: Sexual assault and harassment in the B.C. workplace

Introducing an in-depth look at who is affected and what can be done

Lower Mainland house prices expected to rise five per cent in 2018

Strict incoming mortgage rules will slow growth for first half of 2018

5 to start your day

Large drug bust in Abbotsford, a look at sexual harassment in the workplace and more

Four-month-old baby girl stabbed in Toronto

The baby, a man and a woman in serious condition

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

Police appeal for info after girl, 11, hit in New Westminster crosswalk

Child was left with non-life threatening injuries

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Most Read