Tuesday, January 26, 2016

All In a Day's Work: Blasting a 20-Ton Rock to Bits

It weighed 20 tons. It was sitting in the middle of the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50 near Kyburz. It was blocking traffic. It had to be moved. Like, now.

But how exactly do you move a 20-ton boulder that has just crashed down the hillside onto the road? You don’t. It’s too big to move. You have to blow it up.

Check out the video below to see how Caltrans blasters handled the boulder problem.

Note: These are highly trained professional explosives experts. Do no try this at home.