Full enquiry urged into deadly explosion

A full scale enquiry into Tuesday’s massive deadly explosion at Cul de Sac has been urged by a former top  law enforcement official.

“I think there is need for a full scale enquiry  -not just an investigation to determine whether people are culpable or things of that sort, but a general enquiry to get to the bottom of this lest it occurs again,” the official told the Times.

While asserting that people need to beware of making statements that would prejudice any investigation, the official referred to reports that dynamite stored at the site caused the explosion.

He said if the reports are true, then the question of why explosives were stored on the compound of a private company has to be answered.

The official told the Times that according to the Explosives Ordinance, dynamite needs to be stored at the government  bunker under the watch of the police.

“Was it there illegally, or did someone give permission for it to be there?” He told the Times.

The  enforcement official said a full enquiry should determine if permission was given and whether safety protocols were observed.

The official disclosed that the normal procedure when companies want to use explosives is that an application has to be made to the ministry responsible for infrastructure.

He said when the explosives get here they have to be stored at the government bunker.



  1. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Also add that protocol is that the police escort any such ordinance away from the government storage facility. They supervise its use and return any unused ordinance to the facility.

  2. Serious
    March 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Why hid the “official’s”name? The news item looks childish by hiding name

    1. Anonymous
      March 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      This former top is ashame to mention his name? Perhaps he is one of those culpable.

  3. Sad-But-True
    March 24, 2017 at 11:32 am

    So the Customs department has failed us. Also it is obvious that the laws are to relaxed for this to have happened. I believe someone needs to be hauled before the courts and held accountable.

  4. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I asked that same question a few days ago.. kudos to the “former official” for taking the initiative.

  5. Lise
    March 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Guy Joseph hope you answer to that . All government contracts are one sided . Customs did you All allow explosive to come without government permission? All explosives is at the ssu, oh ppl have name and money so they above the law .

  6. No side
    March 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I wish people would stop putting politics in everything. If the container was being welded for true so that’s means that container didn’t just get there within the last 8 months. It means it has been there for a while so it deteriorating with the wear and tear of the elements. The comments from the customs I don’t get it. Don’t people have to declare what they are importing to customs? I’ve seen customs officers on hand to see containers open when it reached its destination and being off loaded. So why is the importer now responsible for inspection of his/her container. I hope I read it right. If I’m wrong please correct me

  7. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Well the owner of container shouldnt have had his container of DYNAMITES welded!!!! So ridiculous!!!!! Why would anyone have a continer of dynamites welded. I habe no idea. This is garbage!!! He should be charged or arrested for man slaughter. Its about time people respect one another’s life in st.lucia. people are not animals or should i say flies

  8. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    This contaner should even be out during the hot sun carelessness that’s there the owner should be charged

  9. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    That was just a disaster waiting to happened anyway. Cause if it was in the open when it was getting direct sunlight it could have overheated and explode too. The say the fool dies before his time. Why didn’t the guy say no to welding a container full of explosives. Why did the boss allowed it. Isn’t this gross negligence on the boss’ part? So many questions and not enough answers. The owner should be in police custody waiting for a hearing to see if gross negligence is a factor in the accident

    1. Anonymous
      March 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Did the welder know that he was welding close to a potentially explosive container or potentially explosive atmosphere? Were there warning signs near or on the container saying no open flame, sparks or ignition sources?
      In hindsight when this potentially explosive atmosphere caught fire then the recommended emergency response should have been RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

  10. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Well the government should be hell accountable. And as this happened is now the officer want to come out and talk. This has been going on for years. Well the government should be taking care of the families

    1. This gyal
      March 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Shut your bodah ! Do you know how long this container has been on island ? It could have been here since last january. Everything is political with you Kenny cock suckers.

  11. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    What was the exact composition of the substance(s) which caused the explosion? Are these substances presently in storage in other containers elsewhere on the island? My concern is that there could be “perfect bombs” in storage areas all over the island just waiting for the right conditions to inadvertently explode.

  12. Fair Play
    March 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Its not just the matter of an inquiry. that is 1/4 the situation. It must be an inquiry with the capacity to reach the truth, expose all wrong doing, take action against those responsible for ant wrong doings, negligence and irregularities and finally put stringent measures in place with hefty penalties including loss of licences to future violators. Too much was at stake in that whole situation.
    Only then will the inquiry make sense.

  13. Barbara
    March 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    ????…..Is St.Lucia equipped to handle an investigation if this magnitude?

  14. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    No Barbara, but we can get help from abroad. This is one of the positive outcomes of our having bilateral and multilateral relations with foreign countries.

  15. Anonymous
    March 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Like really ; u people keep forgeting this us St Lucia ; our beautiful cover up Island hellen of thecwest ; and that man have m9ney ti buy out the magistrate; not forgetting; -lawyers; doctors customs , ect

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