A small explosion and fire forced a brief evacuation of the Tweed Inc. medicinal marijuana production plant in Smiths Falls Monday morning.
The fire occurred just before 9:30 a.m. while construction crews were using an acetylene torch in an unoccupied portion of the company’s sprawling campus, said Bruce Linton, founder and CEO of Canopy Growth, Tweed’s parent company.
The area, once used as the visitor centre when the plant was operated by Hershey’s Chocolate, was being renovated for expansion by Tweed’s operations, Linton said.
“It appears that somehow they damaged the tanks and that caused a small fire,” Linton said. “There was no damage to the building, but it did cause a little bit of excitement.”
There were no injuries.
It took just over five minutes to bring the fire under control, said Smiths Falls Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp. The complex was evacuated for about 30 minutes, but there was no significant damage or interruption of production, he said.