Why does the earth rumble around York? – Pennsylvania News

Why does the earth rumble around York? – Pennsylvania News

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Richard and Laceda Waring have lived on Wood Street near the quarry along Roosevelt Ave in York since 1987. They describe the occasional blasts that rattle their home.
Paul Kuehnel

Three active quarries that blast rock exist just outside of York in West Manchester Township.

For about three decades, Richard and Laceda Waring have lived in a rancher in York, a couple of blocks away from a limestone quarry. Every so often, the earth rumbles, and the house shakes.

“Well, there’s our daily blast,” they’ll say.

It’s happened when they eat at a local diner nearby in West Manchester Township, surprising the other patrons.

“Sometimes I think we’re going to go right down through the floor,” Laceda Waring said with a laugh.

For homes and businesses close to mining operations, the periodic blasting, noise and dust have become a part of life. Three active quarries that blast rock exist just outside of York in West Manchester Township. Crews blast to remove the rock, which is used for a variety of products.

About 14 quarries operate in York County, and six of them use explosives.

The material mined can be used for anti-skid on roads in winter, lime to help neutralize soil, and refractory bricks, which can withstand high temperatures and are used for furnace lining, said Stephen Shank, a senior geology scientist with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey.

Three York-area quarries use explosives

The noise and rumble from a blast can be startling. Derrick Dixon, who…

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