Luck Stone shows public its rock blasting skills

Luck Stone quarry in Chantilly, Va showed the public what’s safe about its rock blasting in light of recent violations with a public demonstration.

The demonstration comes a year after rocks went flying and damaged homes, cars and businesses in Sterling.

The public blast was held hours ahead of a question and answer session at the Loudon County Government Center from 4:30 – 7:30 on Wednesday, May 18. Inspectors will be on hand to answer questions.

Since January 2015, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy has taken 17 complaints from quarries in Loudon County. Two have been in violation.

“What we’re doing is not going to damage their home,” said George Feild, corporate blasting technician, Luck Stone. “And we make sure of that. We monitor all of our shots with seismographs and make sure that they stay within limits.”

Tarah Kesterson, a spokeswoman for the VA Dept. of Mines, Minerals, and Energy said: “We write them a notice of violation. Blasting is closed down on the site and then they have to submit a new blasting plan which we approve before they can begin again.”

Luck Stone calls their neighbors who signed up on a list to warn them about a scheduled blast.

“If things fall off the shelf then go ahead and give us a call. If they just shake a little then that’s probably normal,” said Kesterson.

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