When is a Blasting Permit required?

In accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina State Fire Prevention Code, a blasting permit must be obtained before a person is authorized to do any blasting or to use any explosive for the purpose of demolishing a structure or blasting out rock, gravel, earth, trees, or any other substance or material.  

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1. When is a Blasting Permit required?
2. How do I know if Blasting is scheduled to occur in my area?
3. Why is blasting necessary?
4. Who issues blasting permits in the City of Durham?
5. What are Blasting Company’s Responsibilities and Requirements?
6. What should you do if you think you have damage from nearby blasting?
7. Can the Fire Department help me assess damage I believe was caused by blasting?