Quarry blast sends rocks flying

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The manager of the Burlington International Airport says a planned explosion at a rock quarry owned by the airport went awry and sprayed rocks onto cars, planes and buildings, but no one was hurt.

Brian Searles says rock was scattered 300 yards from yesterday’s blast site.

Some of the rocks were described as being the size of microwave ovens.

Searles says the rocks hit four light aircraft, six to eight motor vehicles and at least five buildings.

South Burlington police estimated the damage at several hundred thousand dollars.

The quarry is on land owned by the airport and is part of a 15 acre area that is being readied for expansion.

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