Suit alleges illegal blasting activities in Inez area

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Kyle Lovern/WDN PhotoThis sign has been erected right across from the Sheldon Clark football field warning motorists and bystanders that they are in a blasting area.
Kyle Lovern/WDN PhotoThis sign has been erected right across from the Sheldon Clark football field warning motorists and bystanders that they are in a blasting area.
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Rachel Baldwin

Staff Writer

INEZ, Ky. - Additional residents of Hardin Bottom and other areas of Martin County, Ky., including Glenn Horn, James Kirk, William Mollette, Mike Begley, Jesse Fletcher, Delores Lafferty, Hazel Smith, Arthur Fletcher, Willis Staten, Loretta Mills and Robert Lee Oaks, filed a lawsuit Monday in the Martin Circuit Court against Kokosing Construction Company and Brandywine Explosives & Supply Company.

This suit is regarding alleged damages they have sustained to their homes and properties from blasting activities connected to construction of a new highway near their neighborhoods, which are located close to Sheldon Clark High School.

According to the suit, Kokosing Construction Company is a Westerville, Ohio company and Brandywine Explosives & Supply is a company located at Paris, Kentucky.

Two weeks ago, twelve owners of property at Hardin Bottom and Coldwater filed a similar lawsuit.

“After that initial suit was filed,” Inez Attorney John Kirk said, “lots of others have contacted us with similar problems. I find it alarming what has happened to our high school and to the homes of nearby families,” he added. “It is my hope that the construction companies will step up to the plate and do something about the damage to our school and other properties.”

The suit alleges that the Plaintiffs lived near a mountain where the defendants have been blasting rock and that the defendants’ blasting activities caused fly-rock and boulders to come onto their homes and properties. Furthermore, the blasts “shook” the ground and caused the plaintiffs’ homes to “rattle.”

The suit also alleges that the plaintiffs live close to Sheldon Clark High School and that the defendants’ blasting actions caused rocks and boulders to impact the school. Exhibit A of the plaintiffs’ lawsuit is a photo of large boulders in the parking lot at the school which, the suit alleges, were “blasted” off the mountain by the companies, onto the parking lot.

The suit further alleges that the defendants actions in causing numerous rocks to fly onto plaintiffs’ property and onto the county’s only high school show an egregious and unconscionable disregard for the welfare and safety of these residents, their children and for the students who attend the school.

Kokosing Construction Company was contacted by the Williamson Daily News but declined to comment on the allegations, only saying that they looked forward to their day in court. No one returned our call from the Brandywine Explosives and Supply Company.

Further information regarding these suits and that of the condition of these homes and businesses will be reported as they are made available.

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