St Lucia quarry explosion kills four
24 March 2017
An explosion on the Caribbean island of St Lucia killed four and injured at least 20, with four of the worst affected airlifted to the neighbouring French island of Martinique. Three doctors from Martinique are also at the Victoria Hospital in St Lucia to assist. The explosion occurred at Farrand Quarry, operated by Rayneau Construction in Cul de Sac, Castries.
Media reports claim the explosion was caused by workers carrying out welding work on or near a container containing dynamite.
Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir told a news conference yesterday that evidence obtained from the scene of the explosion in Cul de Sac would be sent to a laboratory in the United States for examination.
The explosion on March 21 was heard miles away, shattered glass windows and doors of nearby businesses, and destroyed offices and several pieces of heavy equipment on site.
Acting Chief Fire Officer Joseph Joseph told the news conference it was “almost impossible to state what caused the explosion” and everyone should await the outcome of the investigations by the authorities.