There were some tense minutes on Monday following an explosion at a site on Catuna Road. Area residents were evacuated for a time, then at 12:30 pm came the all clear to return home.
Evacuation has been lifted! This site is now shut in and under control. It may continue to burn but the immediate danger to the public has been lifted. All area residents may return to their homes, with exception specifically to Catuna Road. The Catuna Road area will take a little bit longer to clear and prepare for traffic. Traffic has been reopened on 171 and other areas. Thanks to everyone who shared our post to ensure the safety of area residents!
Earlier the Sheriff’s Office said, “We are currently primarily focused on the safety of nearby residents in the area of Catuna. All precautions are being taken as a safety measure right now.”
Initial reports were received shortly before 11:00 am. The Sheriff’s Office said, “Dispatchers have received numerous calls regarding a large explosion in the Catuna area off of Norwood Road. Hazmat, EMS, FIRE, and Deputies are currently responding to the scene.
Initial evacuation was along Catuna Road and Norwood Road off US 171. Deputies were knocking on nearby doors advising nearby residents to evacuate. That evacuation order was lifted about 12:30. So far there has been no cause of the initial explosion given out.
Photo courtesy of DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.