Council calls for blasting review

Oak Bay staff asked to examine bylaw after family forced from home as a result of carbon monoxide caused by blasting

After an Oak Bay family was forced from its home earlier this month, council has asked staff to review its blasting bylaws during the final council meeting of 2014.

Blasting next door appears to be the cause of carbon monoxide that set off detectors in the home, alerting the family to a problem.

The municipality issued a stop-work order four days after the problem was first detected Friday, Dec. 5 when blasting work began to clear away rock and prepare a lot for construction on Woodlawn Crescent. Municipal staff say the stop-work order would not be lifted until a co-operative solution is found between the neighbours.

In the meantime, council asked staff to examine and report back on whether this prompts a need to update the blasting bylaw in Oak Bay.