The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 7, 2012

Blast at Joplin High School construction site damages property

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Property owners near 20th Street and Kentucky Avenue might want to check their home and vehicles for damage from a blast that occurred before 5 p.m. Thursday at the site where the new Joplin High School is being constructed.

An official with the Joplin R-8 School District today said flying debris from the blast might have damaged a house and a vehicle, according to reports the district has received.

Because of that, a second planned blast has been delayed so that the contractor, Explosive Contractors Inc., can determine why the initial blast sent debris offsite.

“There was a malfunction of some sort,’’ said Mike Johnson, who is overseeing the district’s school-building effort. “It blew out to the north.’’

Johnson said the excavating contractor ran into rock at the construction site that was damaging equipment.

“A blasting contractor was called in who does nothing but blasting,’’ he said. “It’s all they do.’’

Johnson said the contractor is licensed and has insurance to cover such losses. Those with possible damage may call Eritt Howard, who is with the company, at 417-294-2252.

Johnson said the company was permitted to do the blasting by the Joplin Fire Department.