Newberry residents fired up over mining explosions
NEWBERRY, Fla - Boom goes the dynamite, and that has some people not happy.
Some Newberry Oaks residents in Newberry said they're fed up with the nearby mining explosions.
"The first time I thought it was a freak accident," said Frank Mijares, a Newberry Oaks resident. "But now I'm a little more concerned."
Bill Conrad, the Mayor of Newberry, said the area has been a Florida rock and limestone mining community for years.
Residents said they've experience minor explosions and tremors in the past, but none so severe as in the last few months.
"This is like a warzone," said Marvine Rippner, a Newberry Oaks resident. "These are explosions, very loud, very concussive. It's a danger to the environment, and to the utilities."
Just this past Monday, neighbors said a loud explosion rocked the neighborhood.
TV-20 reached out to the State Fire Marshall's office.
A spokesperson said Monday's explosions came from 2 of 4 mines in the area, but only one blast came close to exceeding the state's vibration velocity limit.
"I want that mining stopped until they can have experts come out and review the situation," Rippner said.
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