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Dec 12, 2017

Twin Towns Rocked by Huge Blast Explosion at Quarry this Evening

There were two explosions today in Belize City and in the Cayo District. We go first to Santa Elena where this afternoon dynamites were set off to break a boulder of rocks at a quarry. Word to News Five is that up to fifteen houses were damaged in proximity of the blast, but there is a report from Mayor Earl Trapp that one person lost his life and several others injured. Amateur footage captures the explosion and damages to property; police are currently processing the scene in Santa Cruz, Santa Elena. Late this evening, News Five spoke with Mayor Trapp about the incident.


On the Phone: Earl Trapp, Mayor, San Ignacio/Santa Elena

“I got a report from the superintendent who is on site at the moment; he said that they were mining for materials, the company that is doing the road construction here in Santa Elena. And during the blast something went wrong; allegedly, more than likely there were too much explosives in the [inaudible] and it went beyond what they anticipated. And according to sources the stones were missiles due to the blast, and went through some rooms, some vehicles and some residents got hurt in the area. As well, ten persons was apparently badly wounded, so that is as far as I got from the Superintendent; more than likely he’ll give me an update when he is back from the site. They have closed off the road as well so I’m not sure if they will allow me to go beyond the area that they have closed, but I can attempt it and then give you a call.”


Andrea Polanco

“All of this happened what time today, Mayor, more or less?”


On the Phone: Earl Trapp

“About five-thirty. I got calls from several residents as well, if I heard about any earthquake or blast. One guy told me that one of his workers told him that his chair basically moved about two feet backwards, that it was a huge blast and that’s almost from Red Creek to Santa Cruz. So it was a huge blast.”


This is a late breaking story and we’ll have more on this is Wednesday’s newscast. 

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