On the morning of June 19, 2002, a large scrap fire took place in east Toronto along the waterfront. The blaze at the industrial scrap yard at 280 Commissioners St. blew plumes of smoke over downtown. As Toronto Fire Services arrived there were explosions, bangs and popping tires coming from the scrap yard. Officials worried about flying debris. Toronto Fire Services’ Hazardous Materials Unit sent about 10 fire trucks to the scene. According to fire department spokesperson John Allard, the Ontario environment ministry is performing air sampling and monitoring. The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed.