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Authorities to detonate gas canister Sunday morning in Sylmar

Federal enviornmental officials are planning to detonate at least one canister of highly volatile gas at a building in an industrial park in Sylmar -- and it could cause a little early morning shaking, authorities said. It also will temporarily close a portion of the 210 Freeway.

The canister of tylar gas -- a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen gases -- will be exploded at an alternative energy business in the 12300 block of Gladstone Avenue.

Authorities are chooosing to detonate the canister because it is too volatile to transport, said Harry Allen, a section chief for Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency. Allen did not know the volume of the container.

Nearby businesses and residents have been notififed to expect the blast, Allen said, adding that damage is expected to be minimal.

Authorities removed a total of 23 canisters of pressurized chemicals and gases from the building after an Aug. 9 explosion that left Timothy B. Larson critically injured.  A similar explosion occured in Simi Valley last year at another plant owned by Larson's father, Timothy A. Larson.

Tyson Larson, 28, the brother of Timothy B. Larson, was killed in that explosion. The family-owned business is the subject of investigations by Cal-OSHA and the Envioronmental Protection Agency.

The CHP said the 210 Freeway will be closed for up to several hours beginning at 6 a.m. between Maclay Avenue and the 118 Freeway. A parallel section of Foothill Boulevard also will be closed.

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