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Why do Quarries and Contractors have to blast?

In order to construct new roads, bridges, utility lines, and associated drainage, typically a large amount of earth and rock must be excavated. Blasting operations move the rock that cannot be removed by other means. The blasting operations break the rock into smaller pieces that can then be handled by construction equipment and hauled away. Blasting operations create ground and air vibrations that can be felt in surrounding areas. Some of the most common questions regarding blasting are addressed below.