Sunday, July 05, 2009

A Somber Day

Islanders are still in shock over yesterday's tragedy. According to word around the village four of the five workers unloading the fireworks truck have now died, and the fifth person is in critical condition. Fire fighters, emergency workers, doctors, nurses, and others involved with the aftermath are struggling to deal with the situation.

I understand that regular ferry service to the island has now resumed, and that memorials for the dead and injured may be scheduled for later in the day. I'll post more information as it becomes available.


  1. Anonymous12:06 PM

    I am saddened by the news of the tragedy on the island, but am so thankful none of the residents were injured. I said a prayer last night for the families of the ones involved. What a sad beginning to such a festive day.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
    Marcy Desulis

  2. Philip, FYI ~ Jamie announced in church this morning that the parade at 3 PM today will be a silent one as a memorial and honor, and anyone is welcome to join. There may be additional things planned later, but that's all I know of at this point.

  3. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Through the past 4 decades, my husband's family has vacationed in Ocracoke. We consider it our home away from home and have enjoyed many fireworks displays on the island over the years. We were shocked to hear about the explosion that took place yesterday morning. Our prayers go out to the families of the workers and to all of the residents that are still reeling from the events of Saturday.
    Andy and Lena Bailey, Lancaster,Pa

  4. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all constantly since hearing of the tragedy yesterday.

  5. Of course Ocracoke would come together in this way with a memorial walk/ride. Ocracoke will heal because of the amazing spirit of those who make it home--and home away from home for so many of us.