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Blast damages home in Pike County


ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - Some people on Dave Hollow Road in Elkhorn City say yesterday boulders fell from the sky when a large mountaintop removal blast went off nearby.

"Kind of like bombs," said 15 year old Shelly Cavins, describing the sound of the boulders crashing.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, the Cavins family says it felt like they were in a war zone.

"They blasted and it was just like we were all in Afghanistan...Rockets going down through there but it was big rocks," said Charles Cavins, who lives in Elkhorn City.

Some folks in Elkhorn City say the blast is from Mountaintop removal and damaged at least one home and injured one person.

One man says he was just sitting on his couch when all of a sudden large rocks hit his home. He says the force was so big that it knocked him off his couch injuring his neck and his arm. His niece says what happened to him is not fair.

"It was my uncle's house. I think he can stay in his own house without rocks coming in and flying on him," Shelly Cavins said.

Folks we talked to say blasts have been heard and felt along Dave Hollow Road for about one year and has kids in the community scared.

"Yea they do tend to worry when an alarm goes off and we know they're going to blast," said Pamelia Cavins, a mother of three.

"My kids, if they were to be coming in from school, or if we had been coming back from anywhere, or just anything and them shooting like that right there, it's going to kill somebody, eventually it's going to get them," said Charles Cavins.

But they say coal company officials have told them they are not in harms way.

We were unable to talk to the coal company for a comment.


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