Cause of Haut du Mont explosion (FOI)
Cause of Haut du Mont explosion (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 12 June 2023.
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Please could the Viscount's department advise what caused an explosion on Pier Road in Haut Du Mont on the 10 December 2022, which killed 10 people and displaced 29 households. To date there does not appear to be a conclusive explanation of why this occurred.
It is widely reported public knowledge that inquests for the victims of the explosion have been opened by the Deputy Viscount as Coroner and adjourned pending completion of a criminal investigation by the States of Jersey Police and the conclusion of any consequent criminal proceedings.
As allowed by Article 10 paragraph (2) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011, we neither confirm nor deny whether the Viscount’s Department holds any information in response to this request.
Having considered the circumstances we are satisfied that, in all the circumstances of the case, it is in the public interest for the Viscount’s Department to neither confirm nor deny whether they hold any information in response to this request; this is because the Coroner has adjourned the inquests of the victims precisely to allow the police criminal investigation of the explosion to proceed unimpeded and it would not be in the public interest to provide any further information until any consequent criminal proceedings are concluded.
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