NEMO situation report on Cul De Sac explosion

Two persons were confirmed dead on the scene by a medical doctor. A third succumbed to his injuries at hospital.

An explosion was reported at the Rayneau Quarry in the Farrand Estate in Cul de Sac on Tuesday, March 21.

First responders from the Saint Lucia Fire Service and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force immediately reported to the site to find that the most severely injured were transported to the Victoria Hospital via private vehicles.

A fire resulting from the blast was extinguished by fire service personnel following which an initial search was undertaken. Two (2) persons were confirmed dead on the scene by a medical doctor. A secondary search carried out by the police and fire departments assisted by an employee of the company revealed no further casualties.

Twenty-one (21) persons were seen at the Victoria Hospital on Tuesday evening. One subsequently succumbed to his injury. An additional nine (9) persons with minor tissue injuries reported to the Accident and Emergency Department for medical review on Wednesday.

Four (4) persons were airlifted to Martinique. They were facilitated by a team of three from Martinique who arrived in Saint Lucia at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Three persons are listed as serious but stable at the Victoria Hospital.

The Director of NEMO has been in constant communication with the Prime Minister, and the Acting Cabinet Secretary on the situation and has received support particularly with respect to medical assistance from Martinique.

The Department of Human Services is providing counseling services to the families of individuals who were involved in the incident and are being supported by the Department of the Public Service through the provision of counseling and psychosocial support under the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Investigators from the Fire Department and the Police are currently investigating the incident.


  1. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This is a joke here now.we need to know the truth bout wat happened.get d CIA DOWN HERE NOW. .. .

    1. Madd
      March 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

      It not a joke atoll sacrifice was made an thats that.. who blind blind.. who can c can c… let them investigate still.. a car hit a dog dog die they still investigating… when url kno how it happened already… explosives planted…chk… send welder to ignite… chk… explosion….chk…. deaths?… not as much as he wanted but chk..

    2. Anonymous
      March 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm


  2. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 10:05 am

    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?

    1. So sorry.
      March 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Oo boy… I wonder if they have taken precautions to store any remaining explosives safely.

  3. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

    The public needs to get more information on what happened. By now we should atleast know if a charge was made or if people were arrested. Very careless , if it was seriously caused by dynamites then the owner should have been alot more careful. There is no excuse for such carelessness!! Many people are injured and families are mourning. This catastrophe shook the entire nation completely. Such a sad situation. What is the verdict now?

  4. So sorry.
    March 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Hello…this is st. Lucia….verdict…when there’s not even been an investigation or enquiry?
    Give them time… an inquire should be carried out and I hope that action is taken to make work situations better for people in St.Lucia. one of my greatest fears is that people who work in construction hardly ever have the correct work wear. A hard hat does not a complete uniform make for steel benders and electrical workers. They would be lucky if the got a pair of rubber boots and gloves.
    Employers need to insure their workers for injury before these accidents happen and proper training given to them when they are employed and allowed on site.
    Such a sad situation for all concerned and disgusting of those ingrates showing off pictures of the dead and injured all over the Internet. No respect for themselves or others. .. NOW THAT I WOULD TAKE PEOPLE TO COURT FOR IN A FLASH IF IT WAS MY FRIEND AND RELATIVES PICTURE. I HATE BEING ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE FROM THE SAME USLAN AS MY PARENTS SOMETIMES. DISGUSTING.

  5. So sorry.
    March 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Investigators from the Fire Department and the Police are currently investigating the incident.

  6. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm


  7. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm


  8. concerned citizens and international safety office.
    March 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

    please let all companies follow safety rules and regulations no body is above the law. and if any company break the law they should be penalize for not obeying the law of the land. and also workers safety should be a top priority for the government and all union representative.

  9. Blabla
    March 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    These are signs and we still fighting against each othef