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Lipinski calls for federal probe of McCook explosion

Dan Lipinski

Dan Lipinski

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Updated: November 6, 2013 8:06PM



U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, wants a federal investigation into what lead to an explosion Monday at a Hanson Materials quarry in McCook, according to a press release from his office.

Lipinski sked the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to look into the incident, the release said.

“Unfortunately, homeowners and businesses in the western suburbs are accustomed to being disturbed and startled by frequent quarry blasting, but the incident that took place earlier this week demands additional scrutiny. Residents of the area deserve some answers,” Lipinski said in the press release. “I was sitting at my kitchen table at my home in Western Springs when my house started to violently shake for five seconds. This is something that no one should have to tolerate. The potential for unseen damage to homes and businesses caused by a blast such as this is unacceptable.”

A U.S. Geologic Survey confirmed a quarry blast caused the 3.7 magnitude shake that was felt throughout the area just after 12:30 p.m.

The state Office of Mines and Minerals completed a two-day inspection of the Hansen Material Service Corporation’s Federal Quarry and found no violations of state law, according to a statement issued Wednesday.



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