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April 4, 2014

Blasting season resumes at LaFarge

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

Some city residents swore they felt an earthquake this morning.

What they felt was weather related — kind of — with a mix of the resumption of blasting season at the Lockport LaFarge quarry on Hinman Road.

Lafarge area manager Perry Galdenzi said this morning's blast resonated more than usual due to the low cloud cover. 

"A day like today is the worst kind of day to blast," he said. "If it's a clear sunny day, you won't feel a thing, but when it's low cloud cover like this, the sound goes straight up and bounces off the cloud cover and comes straight down."

Galdenzi said the company takes five readings on every blast and reports them to the DEC. Today's blast was in line with normal readings. 

The Lockport quarry blasts on average twice a week between late March and mid-November. Blasts usually occur between 11 a.m. and noon. 

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