First blast goes off at CentrePointe construction site

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some streets in downtown Lexington are back open after blasting at the CentrePointe construction project.

Police shutdown Vine & Limestone Streets while crews did blasting. The first blast went off around 9:50 a.m. Traffic was allowed to move through the area again minutes later.

One woman who works at a business across the street from the project says she felt shaking during the blast.

Another business owner tells WKYT he was notified Monday morning that the blasting would take place at 9:50, ten minutes earlier than previously reported, due to a lull in traffic.

No serious damage to surrounding buildings was reported.

"Windows moved, stuff fell off the windows. But apparently the first blast is the worst blast. Now it's gonna be easier," explained owner of Irish imports store Failte, Liza Betz, "my leprechaun Norman is okay. He's been stolen before and hit by a car, so thankfully not by dynamite this morning. He's here to live another day."

Blasting will continue through the next several weeks. The Kentucky Geological Survey did pick up the explosion on their seismic recordings. They recorded the blast as far away as Northwestern Bourbon County.

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