Martinique providing support after deadly explosion

Martinique has been asked to provide support to Saint Lucia in the aftermath of a massive explosion at Cul de Sac Tuesday that could be heard for miles.

Arrangements were being made overnight to fly four of the injured via military aircraft to the French overseas territory for treatment.

Officials have confirmed that 3 persons died as a result of the tragedy and 15 were rushed to Victoria Hospital.

An eyewitness said there was a ‘bad’ explosion at  the Rayneau Construction site in Cul de Sac.

“I almost lose my life,” he said.

He explained that some men were welding the top of a container which contained dynamite.

“I feel some sparks from the welding enter inside the container,” the eyewitness said.

He stated that a fire started and he was going with an extinguisher to put it out but someone took the extinguisher from him.

The eyewitness told reporters that he went running to get two buckets of water and on getting the buckets, he heard a loud explosion.

“I feeling really lucky and bad at the same time,” he said.

Tuesday’s tragedy sent Victoria Hospital’s emergency mass casualty procedures into full effect with all doctors, nurses, administrative and ancillary staff being fully on board.

The hospital said that the situation was under control.

In addition to arrangements being made with Martinique to provide support, Tapion hospital also rendered assistance.

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet and Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, visited the hospital which made provisions to accommodate family members in the staff lounge and provide them with light refreshments.







  1. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Where is rayneau or what is he saying ??

    1. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 6:30 am

      relax yourself the guy must be taking it hard, ignorant lucians

      1. Bond 007
        March 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

        Very ignorant ppl..little brain

    2. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Ikr! He lost his brother in all this.. Y’all too quick too judge

  2. Concerned
    March 22, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Really? You asking for him?…i can imagine if it were you you would no be able to speak just yet…foolish

    1. Los
      March 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

      As the employer, it’s important for him to say SOMETHING. An industrial incident of this scale requires that.

      1. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

        Its just been a few hours idiot what you want to hear??

  3. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 6:33 am

    So 21 people will die from this. Lucky the 4 that made it to Martinique.

    1. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      So you want 21 people to die

      1. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        No, do you trust Victoria and our local doctors to take care of such cricitically injured people. I have not faith in them. They should send them all to Martinique.

  4. 100% born Lucian
    March 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Let’s put our differences aside n come together to offer our prayers n support for all those affected. It’s a very sad day for all St.lucians.

  5. pissed
    March 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Rayneau should pay th 22 victims and their families… that’s a very idiotic company smdh

    1. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

      People don’t know half the things he puts his employees through. Or say to them.

      1. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm

        Karma is a b!tch they say.

    2. Bond 007
      March 22, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Who say he wouldn’t pay? Is money all? Can money wipe the pain away? Sometimes its best to keep our mouth shut if we dont hv anything constructive to say..SMH

    3. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      I so agree I have a cousin that died on his site when they were build morgan bay extention. This man put the family through hell saying because he just started working there he was covered. The family had to go to court and the money they received was nothing. This guy is evil

  6. Sukii
    March 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

    People this is a sad moment I don’t even know what to say. I feel for the family

  7. Neishyb
    March 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I feel bad for what happened..such loss of life but welding a truck with dynamite inside?
    I wonder if those workers had any sort of training cuz thats like playing with matches near gas

  8. James
    March 22, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I don’tsee any issue with the question being posed. Where is Mr. Gadjadher? If he is on island he should have already offered a statement aND should have been front and center lending assistance and support. If he was out, then all necessary arrangements should be made to find himself back here immediately.
    Condolences to the family. The country should take a 5 minute moment of silence at Midday today to pay their respect.
    A sad day indeed when you leave home to make a dollar and never return or returned maimed and mangled for life.

    Another question which ought to be posed is whether the Welders were aware that they were welding a container filled with dynamite and who gave that instruction.

    Accident or not, I believe there should be some form of accountability here and a lot of questions to be answered which may possibly lead to charges being laid.

    This story should be followed carefully and correct updates be provided to the public.

    1. Ella
      March 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

      I agree with you whole heartedly, cause we have a lack of respect for health and safety of workers in SLU. How do make a decision to weld anything that contains explosives is beyond me. But questions should be asked of this construction company and any that deals with hazardous material. Too many lives are being lost needlessly due to lack of health and safety measures on this island.

      1. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

        I agree we’ve forgotten about health and safety in St Lucia , that applies to all companies. Gone are days when companies had health and safety departments. It’s only when a some thing of this nature happens we talk about it. We the employees have to demand this of companies and do not settle for less. My heart goes out to the families, the staff and the injured.

  9. Vern
    March 22, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. No effective measure like earnest prayers, confession and repentance! God promises that He will heal our land if we do these things. What do we have to lose? Nike says it best, I think: Just Do It! Enjoy the results. Lord we come to you, we lift up your holy name. We ask for the swift removal of the demonic spirits hovering over and interacting in our homelands St. Lucia. This haven of beauty and tranquility has become a roost for unclean spirits. God we come confessing that we have not served you as we know to do. Please forgive and cleanse us. May we be kind and thoughtful, may our service to you be primary in our lives. Enable us to put you first and to do away with malice, envy, our competitive spirit, anger, disobedience, dishonesty, lying, witchcraft and all the evil habits and practices that bring evil spirits among us. Pour out your Holy Spirit that brings peace, gentleness, goodness, tenderness and right doing so that our people can live united and protected. We humble ourselves before you, the only true God. We declare you righteous and just in all your ways. Save us Lord for your name and mercy’s sake. For all these blessings we thank You our Lord, strong and mighty to save, our Refuge, Strength and Strong Tower. We give you all the praise now and forever. Let It Be So. Amen🙏🇱🇨

    1. Gerald
      March 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Thank You For Your Prayer!

      1. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 8:55 am

        Amen great prayer

    2. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 8:22 am


    3. Lynn
      March 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Amen & Amen. To God be the glory

    4. Jackie
      March 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Amen and Amen. Give God the Glory! Thank you for leading us in prayers of repentance and asking of forgiveness from the Most High God El Schadi

    5. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      You are totally nuts to embark on this nonsense in light of this tragedy. a slave regurgitating this hogwash given by his/her captives.

      Do you ever think of how irrelevant your post is to helping anyone at home. Your silly manner of expression provides little comfort to our people who need assistance.

      This is about Lack of Occupational Health and Safety Standards; not evil ghosts, gods, or goblins. You don’t call for prayers, you develop and enforce safety standards that hold people accountable for their actions or lack thereof.
      Peghie Cornibert

  10. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 7:27 am


    March 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

    A lot of employers keep putting their workers at risk. Why would persons be allowed to weld metal containing dynamite? That was a big risk and they paid tremendously. We have workers, working under the most dangerous of conditions in Saint Lucia. If not mold, life threatening conditions because their biggest fear is, who is going to pay the bills? When really the question is, will we be be able to afford the sicknesses that we are being exposed to. We need legislation that gives the worker clearly delineated laws so they will not be marginalized.

  12. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Did he say he not going to pay,oh boy!!!boy take a deep breath and relax.

  13. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Many of questions to be asked here. Welding a container full of dynamite??!! Like a three Stooges episode. So sad.

    1. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

      and avoidable!

    2. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

      This is an eye opener for St. Luciaians. They are taking on bigger responsibilities and the country is evolving. Yet I do not seen the gain because they are still saying they are broke. They should put safety measures in place and we need an operating Department of Labor to safe guard Employees. My condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

  14. Safety Person
    March 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Is there a Health and Safety person to over see these things? If there is none please hire one immediately. Other companies should take note.

  15. 666
    March 22, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Darwin awards! Oh…..btw, flame and dynamites = explosion.

  16. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 8:27 am

    We st. Lucian have to return to God not when some tragedy happen but to fully surander our life to Christ because we are living in the last days and prophecy Are fast fulfilling we cannot blame anyone but our self let us repent and return to god

  17. rocko
    March 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Who gave this company RG Quarry Ltd a licence to use dynamite? Who is responsible for monitoring its use? In a container? Stored in a container? Shoddy!!! Only in shitty St Lucia. The previous owners had applied for a licence that was not granted. Dynamite is something that must be carefully stored and taken care of as it leaks after about a year so it has to be turned over every month to avoid the chemicals leaking which can cause it to be very dangerous and prone to igniting easily even by high temperatures which could have been caused by the welding on the container. We take those things too lightly. They should be stored in specially constructed facilities. So sad. Time for new standards.

  18. A friend
    March 22, 2017 at 9:06 am


  19. say it like it is...
    March 22, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Well i have worked contpstruction in st.lucia b4 And those guys do work careless not being aware of the dangers while being on a roof or when smashing a wall and so likely something like that could have happen.not enough precaution was taken to garantee their saftey

  20. A friend
    March 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

    The God of heaven and earth will like all of us to examine ourselves. Repent and call upon his name. Humble ourselves. Then he will heal this once beautiful Helen of the West.

  21. A friend
    March 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    My deepest condolences and strength to those who lost their love ones and those who sustained injuries in this explosion. I particularly express comfort to those with children and other family members. I do not understand how painful this could be for you. But I hope the good Lord will strengthen you at this time. My prayers are with you.

  22. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Most time in life some thing have to happen for us to be courcious but not like that its sad we have to learn so much in life of mistakes. Ah ah sorry my injured people and familys of their love ones that went on a day work to feed their family may god strengthen. Them as the hours and the days go by and over come the pain amem.God be with alland the owner have a heavy burden to handle give strength to all its deeply. sad

  23. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 10:45 am

    This is a very sad day I’m lost for words in hurt I have family members’ on that site I feel sorry for those who perished and those who are hurt my people we need to seek God more turn from our dirty ways humble ourselves so God can heal our land we need days of praying and fasting for this our nation we need a moment of silence for those people who got hurt because this is a nation’s cry

  24. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

    My condolence to the family that lost they love one in this senseless and preventable tragedy. As an employer why would u get your employees to weld a container full of dynamite. This employer should be charged with gross negligent.

  25. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Where were the health and safety personels on this site? It clearly states employers dont care about your safety till something tragic happens. who welds near explosives smdh. I hope other company learn from this tragidy and put health and safety in place for employees and i eh talking about a man doing security and tell u where is your hard hat or safety shoes theres a whole lot more to health and safety.

  26. Larryy
    March 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Well said Jame…somebody have to go to jail for negligent….it’s high time bosses know that there consequences for they action. …cause alot of them don’t care about your safety. …who ever that gave that order for the welding…has to hel accountable…for what happen….my heart goes out to the family…of whom who lost their lives

  27. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    The result of a ‘any thing goes , e’ bon co sar’ culture where mediocrity rules and money is all that matters. No standards = ciaos, crime, etc, etc.

  28. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    When a country allow the powers of darknesss to come in that’s the results.Pray pray pray yuall

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