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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Construction Blast Rains Rocks on Workers

March 24, 2000

IRVINE — Explosives being used at a luxury housing construction site Thursday blew a blizzard of rocks at workers, injuring six of them.

Neither authorities nor the construction companies knew why the blast sent debris 1,000 feet farther than expected.

"To have something go that far, something went bad wrong," said Jim Moore, vice president of the E.L. Yeager Construction Co.

Four men, 30 to 40 years old, were taken to local hospitals for treatment. One underwent surgery.

The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. just south of Bonita Canyon Drive, near the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road.

Norm Witt, vice president of the Irvine Co., said workers had been blasting at the site for four months without problems.

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