Homes damaged by boulder blasting road project in Ohio

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 4:17 PM EST
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - Several homes were damaged Tuesday afternoon during blasting on a road project to remove large boulders along U.S. 52 in the Chesapeake area.

How this happened is under investigation, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spokesman. The spokesman said there is no obvious indication anything was done incorrectly.

A resident of the Sunnybrook Subdivision told us he was standing outside when crews blasted a boulder on the hill above U.S. 52. That sent a bunch of smaller rock fragments flying through the air and landing in that community.

Some of the rocks hit and damaged homes. One neighbor said a rock struck the ground and shattered, and a fragment hit his leg.

“We’ve heard blasts before,” Sunnybrook resident George York said. “They were quite muffled. This one was so loud, we thought something was wrong.”

Neighbors are relieved no one was seriously hurt.

ODOT says they’re working with affected residents to pay for repairs.

“The scary part is you don’t know if maybe a year or two down the road, something weird will happen that you didn’t see or anticipate as a result of the blast, maybe a foundation problem,” York said.

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