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Nearby blasts puts Tierrasanta on shaky ground

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Residents in Tierrasanta are not happy with their neighbor Rock Quarry.

Explosions by the company not only shakes windows, but also sends rocks and debris raining down on nearby homes.

Residents in the area say it's a rumble that just won't go away.

For two years, Josh Lahaye has rented his Tierrasanta home near a Mission Gorge site owned and operated by Superior Ready Mix Concrete.

"The noise pollution, the blasting, the dust on the other side of the canyon, all the homes on the other side of the canyon, it's just too much. It catches you completely off guard right away you think earthquake I'm going to slide off the hillside," he said.

Josh said he knew living near the quarry meant noise issues, but now, he said they are becoming more and more frequent.

"It's the worst noise in the world. I mean, later tonight when it actually stops if I've worked from home, later this evening my head will be making that crunch, crunch, crunch crunch noise," he said.

Josh is not the only resident to complain.

"Sometimes in the middle of the night they work on the trucks and you hear this bang, bang bang," said Jennifer Ikel, who has lived in her home for 25-years.

Ikel has double-panned windows, but said they provide no relief from the noise.

The company issued the following statement:

"Superior Ready Mix operates the quarry in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements set by the City, the State and the Air Pollution Control District. Blasting is done approximately once a week and is monitored by an outside consultant to ensure that ground motion stays well below the thresholds set by the federal government. Superior Ready Mix stays in contact with the neighbors and will do its best to alleviate neighbor concerns."

The company has operated since 1991, and has no plans to move.

Superior Ready Mix has had numerous contracts with the City of San Diego for the resurfacing and repair of city streets.

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