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County library east of Edmonton reopens after damaging parkade blast


SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – A library that was damaged by a pair of explosions last fall in a parkade has reopened in a community east of Edmonton.

People lined up to wait for the doors to swing open Wednesday at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park.

The explosions Nov. 6 caused about $14 million in damage to the community centre that houses the library, civic offices and a restaurant.

A 21-year-old man intentionally set a fire that caused the first blast, which was followed by a second one when a vehicle’s gas tank went off.

He then shot himself and died in hospital.

The library’s 200,00 items had to be specially cleaned of soot to return them to borrowing condition, and all of the building’s ceiling tiles and carpet were replaced.

Police said at the time that Kane Kosolowsky’s motive for setting the blast was unknown.

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