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I received concerned phone calls and emails tonight from Florence Lake residents about a huge blast at the construction site for the Spencer Road Interchange just after 5PM tonight. This blast was reportedly of a scale far beyond anything we had experienced at the site up until now. At least three residents near the blast site are reporting debris falling into their yards. One Florence Lake resident, who had lived in Europe in World War II, reports having had what amounts to a flashback of bombing during the war and was so shaken and upset he had difficulty speaking (he had not had this reaction to all the other explosions that had happened with the extensive blasting in the area recently). Residents on the far side of the lake reported the blast having such force that it almost knocked them off their feet.
Florence Lake resident Maureen Johnson sent Inside Langford the following eye-witness report.