A company that is renovating an old storm sewer pipe along Nettleton Avenue will be detonating a section of rock Wednesday morning.
Residents that live along the road, or in the area, may hear the blast or feel a slight vibration, borough officials said in a CodeRED notification on Tuesday.
Fire Chief Kenneth Hanks said Oxford-based NJR Construction, a company renovating the pipe on Nettletown Avenue, found a large rock during the construction process, which is obstructing the project.
To get rid of the object, the company has hired a subcontractor that will drill into the rock, place dynamite inside and cover up the access point, Hanks said. The company will then detonate the explosives, the fire chief said.
“It’s just enough of an explosion to shatter the rock,” Hanks said. “It’s a very controlled process.”
Controlled blasting is a common practice, Hanks said, however this case is unusual because it’s being done in a residential area. The company is licensed and secured a permit to conduct the blasting, the chief said.
The project costs $600,000, and it is being funded by federal grant dollars, the chief said.
The Fire Marshal is monitoring the blast and seismographs will be in place to measure ground vibration, the notification said.
The borough asks that people do not call 911 to report the blast. In the remote chance that you suspect damage, please contact the Naugatuck Fire Marshals Office at 203-720-7083 or 203-720-7080.
“It’s extremely unlikely,” Hanks said. “But we’re taking all precautions.”