Why is blasting necessary?

Blasting is often necessary in order to construct new roadways, homes, and commercial buildings.  Blasting operations are utilized to remove rock and is typically the least costly and most efficient way to keep projects affordable and on time for completion.  The City of Durham Fire Marshal’s Office on average, has between 7-10 active blasting permits at any given time throughout each year.   

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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?