Without the combustion power of dynamite, New Providence could not have been developed. Dynamite blew holes in the massive hills of limestone rock and spurred on mass settlement and urban development in the West, South and East of the island. It is surprising though just how many people, in The Bahamas, had access to dynamite, and used it. At some point in history, access to dynamite was curtailed in The Bahamas, but not before it was used by someone to plant a stick or two on a company bus owned by the Balmoral Club.


Residents in the Eastern District near St. James Road were awaken by a loud explosion early this morning at approximately 4 o’clock.

Later the Police confirmed that a bus owned by the Balmoral Club was badly damaged by what appeared to be a dynamite blast.

The charge went off directly under the fuel tank. Fortunately the engine was not a gasoline engine, but driven by diesel oil.

Had it been gasoline engine the bus would have undoubtedly been completely demolished.

The bus was parked in front of Huel Thompson’s yard in Culmer’s Alley, between St. James and Kemp’s Road. Thompson was the driver of the vehicle.

No reason has been advanced by the police for the attack. However, the Herald received several unsigned letters weeks ago from persons purported to be “employees at Balmoral” complaining about conditions at the Club.

Needless to say the letters were thrown into the waste paper basket.

The Nassau Herald, Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday January 25, 1958

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