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Minister of Works says permit was not needed to explode quarry; Were residents evacuated?

Posted: Saturday, January 6, 2018. 12:08 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: At yesterday’s House meeting, Minister of Works and Cayo Central Area Representative, Rene Montero, responded to questions put forth by the opposition regarding the dynamite explosion that injured several Santa Cruz residents, destroyed many homes and caused a man’s death.

Montero stated that the mining license was not necessary since it was “just a blast to check and see if the material was adequate for the road construction that was under operation.”

Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington also explained that the role of the police is to provide license to competent persons to possess and discharge explosives.

“It is not the role of the police to conduct public consultation in respect to the use of a pit or a quarry. However, as mentioned before police officers actively assisted in informing and in evacuating residence within the danger area,” Elrington said.

He also assured the public that the expert had recommended a 200-yard radius as a safe area and said that all residents within an 800 yard radius were evacuated.

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