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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.
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.
The City of Durham Fire Marshal’s Office reviews all blasting permit applications for compliance with NC Fire Code. Once the blasting permit application has been approved, the blasting company must schedule an on-site inspection and witness of the first blast by the assigned Assistant Fire Marshal.
Immediately contact the blasting company that is conducting the blasting activities. If you need the name and insurance certificate of the blasting company, you can submit a public information request. Please visit the web link below to request this information and our office will provide the information.
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The Fire Department does not have the expertise or authority to assess for damage that may have been caused by blasting. All damage assessments should be conducted by the blasting company, their insurance company, and/or the homeowner’s insurance company.