Part #1: What goes BOOM & Why - Explosions in the Lake Hopatcong Area

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Residents around the Lake Hopatcong area commonly hear the resounding booms from nearby explosions, which causes social media activity and calls to the local police to spike. During this series of articles, we will seek to demystify the sources of the booms, provide what is really happening, and inform you on how to get notified of the blast schedules.

This first article focuses on the Weldon's Lake Hopatcong Quarry

Hopatcong Lake Regional News reached out to Weldon's Quarry and received an immediate response back from Jeff Woods who is the Director of Health and Safety at the Quarry.

Source of the Explosions:

Weldon Lake Hopatcong Quarry In1Weldon's Lake Hopatcong Quarry is located at 181 NJ-181, Lake Hopatcong, which is on the northern tip of Lake Hopatcong. The Quarry resides in both Hopatcong and Jefferson and is close enough that residents throughout the area will hear the explosions and possibly feel strong shock waves.

What is Really Happening:

Since this is a Granite Quarry, drilling and blasting is a required operation to mine the rock material for further processing. During the blasting part of this process, the chemical energy in the explosive is used to both fragment and displace the rock.

The blasting of granite rock at the Lake Hopatcong Quarry has taken place since its inception 50 years ago. Over the past 23 years, blasts occur 1 to 2 times per week during working hours and normally around 11:30 AM, but the schedule can vary depending on readiness.

Weldon Lake Hopatcong Quarry In2Generic Example of BlastingThe quarry does not conduct any blasting on weekends. The blasting is conducted by a professional and certified blasting company to ensure full compliance with all state laws, including the standards for noise and vibration. Prior to any blasts, Weldon provides advance notice to nearby residents who wish to be informed through automated calls.

How to be Notified:

For anyone that wishes to be notified of the blasts, they can join an automated call list that will provide a voice recording notification on the same day of the blast.

Call (908) 233-4444 and press 0 – and speak to Eileen Mooney to be added to the list.

More about Weldon's Lake Hopatcong Quarry:

Weldon Quarry Co., LLC is a New Jersey producer of crushed aggregates and hot mixed asphalt. Weldon, a family business, has been a leader in the construction industry, supplying New Jersey's contractors with the road and building materials necessary to keep New Jersey infrastructure strong in addition to being a local source of materials for surrounding communities.

For over 23 years, it has been the Weldon family’s great privilege to serve the Lake Hopatcong community, both as a neighbor and as a local business owner.  The Weldon family takes its commitment to the environment and to the community seriously, precisely because our 44 employees live in and around this community and raise their families here. In addition to our employees, there are several hundred vendors and customer employees that supply, work with, and live in the area.

Weldon’s Lake Hopatcong location is a granite quarry and produces aggregates for the construction industry, which are fully approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

The blasting is conducted by a professional and certified blasting company to ensure full compliance with all state laws, including the standards for noise and vibration. Prior to any blasts, Weldon provides advance notice to nearby residents who wish to be informed through automated calls.

We do everything possible to ensure that our presence in the community is a positive one, from having paid significant property taxes that sustain local governments to giving back to the community through donations for local rescue squads, fire departments, PBAs and other local entities.  As I mentioned, we do this not just because we want to be a good corporate neighbor but because we are one of the largest private employers in the area and we know that our own employees and their families benefit from our involvement.

Watch for Part II where we’ll cover what happening at Picatinny Arsenal

 


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