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(Boston Globe)   Homes and businesses get free sandblasting when company encounters "geological abnormality" while blowing up sand and gravel pit   ( divider line
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18518 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Apr 2005 at 9:46 AM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-04-27 09:51:03 AM  
Is dynamite in the ground a geologic abnormality?
2005-04-27 09:52:09 AM  
Don't piss off the sarlac.
2005-04-27 09:54:46 AM  
This is news because? I really don't know how some shiat is green lighted?

/besides my headlines are way more funny.
2005-04-27 10:00:17 AM  
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My bad - sorry.
2005-04-27 10:01:26 AM  
Scoundrel's Hair Salon should market it as a new spa treatment. "Free dermabrasion while you wait."
2005-04-27 10:06:05 AM  
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Scoundrel's Hair Salon? I like the sound of that...
2005-04-27 10:09:48 AM  
This happened about 5 miles north of me.

The guy that owns Scoundrels was the bets part, wish I could get a pic of him.

"1977 called, they want their guy's wave perm back"
2005-04-27 10:10:25 AM  
Gotta give the company credit for taking resp. though......rare these days.
2005-04-27 10:17:05 AM  
check out my gravel pit.....a mystery unravel it
2005-04-27 10:20:06 AM  
Took the words right out of my mouth, asmith993 .
2005-04-27 10:22:31 AM  
Their attention to responsbility is commendable. I'll assume since they were quick to send help that they are well insured. Shiat happens, that's life.

Keep the slimy lawyers away.
2005-04-27 10:23:26 AM  

Gotta give the company credit for taking resp. though......rare these days.

What else are they gonna do? "Nope, wasn't us. Check with the Taco Bell down the street."
2005-04-27 10:32:32 AM  
Wooo! Hometown news!
2005-04-27 10:33:06 AM  
Don't see why this is a stupid tag...

The guys made a mistake, and the second it happened they brought in insurance reps for the places they damaged, apologized, and brought in people to see what happened and make sure it didn't happen again

Considering how you NEVER see this anymore, I'd give this a hero tag, if I'd greenlight it at all
2005-04-27 10:37:17 AM  
It's sad that seeing a company take responsibility so seriously makes me wonder what they're covering up.
2005-04-27 10:41:26 AM  
"This is news because? I really don't know how some shiat is green lighted?"

Hobochili: Given the current climate of corporate irresponsibility, I'd say this is news simply because the company set about correcting their mistake right away. Kudos to them.
2005-04-27 10:42:00 AM  
dispatched a team of safety and technical specialists to investigate the blast and an insurance adjustor to work with property owners...By Tuesday morning, contractors hired by the company had started repairs to the damaged structures.

This is a good faith jesture to attempt to avoid court and, in a perfect world, it would be fine. However, the cynic in me would not be comfortable with the company's insurance adjustors and company-hired contractors performing the repairs. Certainly not without first consulting my own insurance agent.
2005-04-27 10:46:08 AM  
Apparently the submitter was confused and put his own name in the tag line.
2005-04-27 11:02:26 AM  
2005-04-27 11:05:09 AM  
Meh, who needs hair salons anyway?
2005-04-27 11:05:45 AM  

It's sad that seeing a company take responsibility so seriously makes me wonder what they're covering up.

Maybe they found Jimmy Hoffa?
2005-04-27 11:07:48 AM  
Wow, no Taco Bell remarks, yet. Let's keep up the good work.
2005-04-27 11:12:47 AM  
Sorry StrikitRich, but AngryArmadillo already made one...
2005-04-27 11:19:24 AM  
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"Well ain't this place a geographical anomaly, two weeks from everywhere!"

This also came up in the same GIS.
2005-04-27 11:22:37 AM  
I checked their website. They're looking to hire more drillers and blasters in all locations. I wonder why?
2005-04-27 11:22:51 AM  
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2005-04-27 11:24:34 AM  
Fred Flintstone unavailable for comment.
2005-04-27 11:27:34 AM  
Shock and Awe.

err, awe shucks
2005-04-27 11:28:28 AM  
Maine Drilling and Blasting is a top-notch company. I know, I lived three miles down the road from them. Good ol' Marston Road, right off of Brunswick Ave.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-27 11:33:04 AM  
Blasters are required to carry multimillion dollar liability policies just in case this sort of incident occurs. The town won't give a permit without proof of financial responsibility for damage.
2005-04-27 11:34:21 AM  
Damn!! Thought I had read each response carefully.
2005-04-27 11:40:07 AM  
Damn!! Thought I had read each response carefully.

Taco Bell

Works everytime.
2005-04-27 12:01:23 PM  
Umm.. this kind of stuff happens all the time. Someone makes a mistake, so they call the insurance company and get it paid for.

You all spend too much time on fark reading about the super bizarre court battles for your own good, heh.
2005-04-27 12:02:08 PM  
I suspect the geologic anomaly was that the ground was harder than they believed, reflecting more (and absorbing less) of the blast energy. It's gotta go somewhere, and if not down or beneath, then everywhere else.

I'm reminded of the infamous Florence, Oregon exploding whale.
2005-04-27 12:19:10 PM  
Feh, So this is News?
/article was lame.
2005-04-27 12:19:26 PM  
This if from the Union Leader:

Local officials say Maine Drilling and Blasting engineers have cited a weak section of rock at Raymond Sand and Gravel as a factor in a Monday detonation that showered a section of Route 27 with rocks as large as footballs, causing damage that two nearby business owners estimate may be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hammond, who was on a routine safety standby near the gravel pit at the time of the approximately 12:30 p.m. detonation, said engineers reviewing a videotape of the explosion have reported that a weak section of rock to one side of the sheer rock face exploded outward instead of falling to the ground as expected.

Rocks the size of footballs! Yikes!
2005-04-27 12:32:30 PM  
I wonder if they found the Tommyknockers.
2005-04-27 01:37:21 PM  
More info here

/pops 'cause I worked for it
2005-04-27 02:09:13 PM  
Most sand and gravel operations don't require any blasting, you just use an excavator or scraper to dig up the material and put it on a truck. Having worked in the industry as a geologist I find that in many cases these "geological abnormalites" (interesting term) can be minimized if they just spend some time and money on a drilling program that can often identify these problems in advance. Unfortunately most quarry operators could give a crap about the geology and don't need us "college boys" telling their Dale Earnhardt loving, high school drop out, slack jawed yokel asses about "making rock".

/end rant
2005-04-27 05:20:14 PM  
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I am detecting a geological anomaly.
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