Mining explosives seized, 25-year-old arrested

Objects believed to be sticks of explosives and five detonation caps were found early Friday during a police operation in West Bay.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force and the Uniform Support Group (armed police) raided a home where the explosives were located.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the raid. He had not been charged with any offenses as of press time.

Police said the explosive materials were a trademarked product called Senatel Magnafrac, sold by a company called Orica, one of the largest providers of commercial explosives in the world.

The company’s website states that Senatel Magnafrac is a package emulsion explosive that is detonator operated. The device is water resistant and typically used as a medium density column explosive in mining and general blasting work, the Orica website indicated.

The product is an ideal “primer” for rock-blasting operations, the company’s site further states.

“All of the [explosive] items have since been secured and safely removed to a secure location with the assistance of the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the National Roads Authority and the RCIPS Scenes of Crime [Unit],” RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said.

It is legal to import explosives into the Cayman Islands, but the importers must first have received the proper permits from the NRA and received clearance from Customs. Ms. Howell did not state whether either of those things had been done in this case.