84 charges laid against St. Catharines business that exploded in January, killing one man


Published August 31, 2023 at 3:24 pm

The St. Catharines Fire Service laid 84 charges today against Ssonix Products, including 21 charges each against the three directors, after the company's Jan. 12 explosion and fire.

The Jan. 12 explosion and fire at Ssonix Products on Keefer Rd. in St. Catharines has resulted in 84 charges against the company and its three directors.

The explosion and fire broke out at 6:30 a.m., killing the lone worker at the facility, 37-year-old Ryan Konkin.

The St. Catharines Fire Service laid the charges against the company with the three directors facing 21 charges each.

“The charges laid in connection with the Keefer Road incident underscore our commitment to keeping our community safe,” Fire Chief Dave Upper said today (August 31).

“We will continue to work diligently to ensure a thorough and fair legal process. Our thoughts remain with those affected by this incident as we move towards a resolution.”

The first court appearance is scheduled for the end of September 2023. This appearance will mark the beginning of the court process to address the charges laid following the events at Keefer Road earlier this year.


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