Nearby Blasts Worry Neighbors

1 decade 4 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, January 04 2006 Jan 4, 2006 Wednesday, January 04, 2006 8:33:17 AM CST January 04, 2006 in News

Fred and Kathy Vomsaal's home is about 100 yards from one of the explosion sites, between Rock Quarry and Bearfield roads.

"The whole house shook," he said. "It was like being in an earthquake. And things fell off the windowsill. And all of the windows vibrated. And, clearly, you can only do so much of this to the foundation of a house before you start experiencing damage." 

The blasts are from the 26-acre Forest Park South development which will hold about 80 single-family homes.

Nearby neighbors say they received little, if any, warning.

Fred Vomsaal said, "We were home and a person came over here and said that, 'In a few minutes, we're going to be setting off an explosion.' And we said, 'An explosion for what?'"

Vomsaal said his dogs became scared and started running around. And, the agitation is likely to continue.

"It turns out that they're going to be setting off multiple explosions for a month," he added, "destroying, actually leveling out, the entire south part of this new subdivision."

Developers have a permit that lets them use dynamite for 30 days. One neighbor who lives about 200 yards from a blast site has youngsters who play outdoors, but she said they had no warning about the explosions.

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