The blasted rock went everywhere

MAFI Barr picked up another rock out of her North Rockhampton garden yesterday, marvelling how her home escaped serious damage after a nearby land clearing blast went wrong.

The explosion at a new subdivision in the Springfield Drive area of Hillside Estate about 10am sent a shower of rocks, some as big as stubbie coolers, flying more than 100 metres.

There were no injuries reported but at least four homes suffered roof damage. Mirac-ulously, Mrs Barr's wasn't one of them, despite being right in the firing line.

"I'm very lucky,'' she said, looking at her neighbour's home which had a large hole in the roof after a stone punched through several tiles.

She had been resting on her bed when the blast happened.

"I heard a rumble and then a big bang,'' she said.

"I jumped out of bed and I could smell explosive powder.

"I was very frightened. I didn't know what was happening.''

She went into her yard to find workers from the subdivision site collecting debris from around streets and yards.

Springfield Drive resident Faye Hickson heard the warning beeps and saw the explosion.

"There were rocks and dirt flying everywhere,'' she said.

"It was really quite bad. It was lucky no one was injured.''

Large rocks hit her home and nine Colourbond sheets will have to be replaced.

"The one that came through our roof was as big as a stubbie holder,'' Mrs Hickson said.

"I was surprised there wasn't more (rocks) in our yard.''

Damage to the house next door was worse with 20 sheets of roofing iron to be replaced.

Brosnan Road Construction is working on the site and company manager Danny Brosnan said they had hired an exposives sub-contractor to carry out the rock blasting.

He said an investigation into the incident by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines was underway but it appeared there had been more rock spray than the contractor had anticipated.

"Everyone was very concerned about what happened,'' he said.

"Thankfully there were no injuries and that was our main concern.''

He said the contractor had carried out all his legal obligations prior to the blasting which included a letterbox drop in the area.

He said repairs on the damaged homes had started and would be completed early next week.



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