Re: Strange shaking felt in northwest part of valley

Message posted by Bob R on November 28, 2006 at 12:03:31 PST:

I felt and heard the blast. Couldn't determine what it was as the earthquake websites did not show anything. Finally the answer was in the paper today.>>>>>

Blast at nearby gravel operation probable cause


A loud boom that rattled residents about 4 p.m. Monday in northwest Las Vegas was probably caused by a blast at a nearby gravel operation, a Clark County Fire Department spokesman said.

"The blast was scheduled, they notified us, and it went off," department spokesman Bob Leinbach said late Monday.

The blasting company, Sandex, notified fire dispatchers at 3:45 p.m. that it was going to be blasting in the area of West Lone Mountain Road and the Las Vegas Beltway between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said officials would be checking the company's blasting permit information today. He said there were no reports of damage.

The boom had residents in the area wondering.

"It was extremely loud. It was frightening," said Pauline Abramson, who lives near Anasazi and Lake Mead drives.

She at first thought the noise could have been caused by an earthquake because her husband, who was upstairs working on a computer, told her his office was shaking.

Other nearby residents called the Review-Journal and police to report the boom.

Ken Smith, a seismologist with the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, said the seismograph station at Red Rock Canyon detected shock waves from some kind of a disturbance at 4:03 p.m., but the signal didn't appear to be one from an earthquake.

"It's pretty small," Smith said, speculating that a more likely cause of the noise was either a sonic boom or mine blast.

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In Reply to: Strange shaking felt in northwest part of valley posted by lone wolf on November 28, 2006 at 11:35:04 PST:


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