Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews respond to dangerous wind incident downtown

At approximately 9:20 on the morning of Wednesday, June 16, Calgary fire crews were called to the 1300 block of 1 Street South West for reports of pieces of rock that had landed on the street as well as on several vehicles, causing damage. Calgary firefighters and Calgary Police Service Officers investigated the source of the debris and discovered that a resident living on the 27th floor, had placed paving stones on top of his outdoor hot tub in order to keep the cover from blowing off. High winds created a situation where the cover did in fact blow off, catapulting the paving stones onto the street below.

Calgary's weather can change quickly and high winds like those experienced today can create very dangerous situations. Winds and wind gusts can be especially significant in and around high rise buildings. To reduce your risk, keep your family and pets indoors if you can. Ensure objects on your balcony or in your yard are properly secured so that they do not become projectiles and cause injury or damage. 

If you come across a downed power line, call 9-1-1 immediately and keep at least 10 metres away, warning others to stay away as well. Assume that anything the downed power line is touching is energized and dangerous.

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported from this morning's potentially deadly incident.