Routine blast sends rocks flying, Damages business, cars - WKRN News 2

Routine blast sends rocks flying, Damages business, cars

Posted: Updated: June 28, 2012 09:45 PM
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

A routine blasting project went terribly wrong in Mt. Juliet late Thursday morning sending large pieces of rock hundreds of feet into the air before raining down on nearby buildings and bystanders.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. while crews were blasting for a retention pond near Mt. Juliet Drive and Division Street.

Employees of a nearby medical company said rocks began flying toward them when they typically fly straight up into the air.

"They've been blasting for the past three or four days and we'd come out here and enjoy it and watch it," witness Chase Campbell said. "They gave us the horn to sound off and all of a sudden boom."

A large piece of rock flew hundreds of feet and knocked a hole through a cinder wall and came inches away from oxygen tanks located in a warehouse.

"I looked out the other window and I [saw] this hole in the wall," witness Patricia Wilson said. 

The rocks also caused damage to several vehicles.

A construction worker received minor injuries.

It was not immediately known what caused the blast to go wrong.

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