St. Lucians have been plunged into a state of shock, mourning and panic after a massive explosion rocked certain parts of the island Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. at Rayneau Constructions site in Cul De Sac, when according to reports, a container packed with a highly explosive material exploded.
Reports suggest that workers were performing welding work on the top of the container and it is believed that sparks fell onto the material.
The blast sent a massive shockwave for miles, with individuals as far as Bois d’Orange claiming to have heard the explosion.
Although the number of casualties is currently not definitive, there are reports of fatalities and large numbers of injuries.
Family members of workers have reportedly been seen leaving the site distraught, whilst there are also reports of workmen who are missing.
Due to the size of the blast, it was a case of all hands on deck as fire, ambulance and police assistance from several emergency stations including Gros Islet were required.
There has also been a flood of reports of damage to property from residents close enough to the vicinity.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was present on the scene assessing damage to the site.
Speaking on the scene to reporters, Chastanet said: “It’s a very sad situation whenever somebody loses their life whilst working with clearly something that’s a hazard, it’s always heart-breaking when it does happen. So whilst I don’t know the names of the individuals as yet, my sympathies go to their families.”
As the incident unfolds, The VOICE will provide updates on the matter.