Have A Blast!

I don’t think the people building the Jones Bros. subdivision behind ours know that anybody works from home. They’ve been blasting. I know that it this rocky land blasting is a necessity for much of the construction around here. But should it shake my floor and rattle my pictures from half a mile away? Repeatedly?

A month or so ago I called the police who directed me to another department who finally directed me to the Fire Marshall. Apparently when you blow things up you need a permit from the Fire Marshall’s office. And if someone around you is not blowing things up correctly you can file a complaint with the Fire Marshall’s office. According to some fine folks there,

it is not uncommon for blasting to exceed the “permitted” amount of explosive. And it’s not uncommon for homeowners to have damage to their foundation or structure because of excessive blasting. It helps your insurance claim immensely if you’ve filed a complaint with the Fire Marshall’s office.

For those of you who don’t work from home and can’t verify actual excessive blasts that may be occuring in your area, it’s still a great idea to keep a record of construction going on around your house. If you have any suspicious foundation damage, you can at least point to the condos going up next door as a probable cause.

If you are around when the blast crews are hammering away at this good earth and you feel as though the blasts may be excessive, it’s in your best interest to make a blast complaint with the Fire Marshall’s office.

They can be reached by phone at 862-5230

4 Comments so far

  1. Bo Link (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    Wasn’t this a May Sweeps shocking news story on one of our fine local news programs? Keep an eye it Katherine. I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens. Housing developers seem to have the city by the balls. Good luck!

  2. Katherine Coble (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    Bo, it may have been. I don’t watch the news that much.

    I will keep an eye on it, especially since the framed posters behind my machine keep rattling against the wall.

  3. Lesley (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the tip. The blasting in my area seems to have subsided for a while, but it’s been quite disconcerting. Particularly when you come from earthquake country like I do.

  4. Troy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the info. Very helpful. I called and filed a complaint. I live off from Murfreesboro Rd., over by the airport. My wife contacted the radio station today (102.9/102.5) and they said that they feel it around lunch time as well. They said that their foundation is cracking, and have heard that the insurance company will not help.

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