Detonation Expert on Rise and Shine speaks of Santa Cruz explosion

vlcsnap-2018-01-02-17h28m03s490 vlcsnap-2018-01-02-17h28m10s986Staying on the topic of the explosion, this morning on Rise and Shine’s Talk show, Harrison Pascasio was the guest. Pascasio has been using explosives for clearing quarries since 1981, and has worked with numerous companies such as CISCO Construction and the Ministry of Works, among others. He appeared on the show to educate the public on their rights when it comes to being in an explosive area. He also talked about his experiences in the bombing industry, where there were very tight rules that had to be followed, so as to minimize casualties.

Harrison Pascascio, Detonation Expert

When I was in the industry we had tight rules and regulations that i had to abide by. What happened after I left? This is the result. And today we will break down some stuff… we will look at the video, look at the people who have been talking, and then we can analyze at the end of the show where things went wrong.

Pascascio was also asked if he, with all his years of experience, would take the job in Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, knowing that there would be civilian houses around. Here was his response.

Harrison Pascascio, Detonation Expert

We have to Check the rule book, what are we guided by? What is the distance between the mall pit and populated areas? The rule states that there is a minimum of 1000 meters which is 3000 feet away from population. If you are blasting within that area only one thing governs such blasting;  and its Public use. Lets say it is an airport or a bridge or a road will be built in that area; only then would a

Louis Wade Jr, Rise and Shine Host

One thousand meters is 3000 feet… 3000 feet away. So first and foremost right off the top of the list… “

Harrison Pascascio, Detonation Expert

“There is a big no.  I would never take a job that I would have to be blasting within the 100 meter range for Quarry Blasting. If I have to be blasting, I have done it before when I blasted with CISCO, but that was for public use. 

Louis Wade Jr, Rise and Shine Host

You were blasting a road and airport bridges something the Population would be using in the area. In this case it is a quarry, it is not something that will be used.

Harrison Pascascio, Detonation Expert

You are right, correct. And that is a Big NO.

 

You can catch the repeat of this segment after our newscast.

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