South End Blast
The first blast of of explosives in the bedrock to make way for the construction of the south terminal went off without a hitch Thursday. Published reports say that a white puff of smoke along with a dim flash of red was all that happened. Roughly 30 seconds after the smoke dissipated, a small fountain of water bubbled up to the surface. Many residents feared that the blasts would be disruptive to the Palmer's Island light house and the surrounding area but Apex Senior Project engineer John McAllister said the first blast went as planned. A preliminary review of data said the vibrations were within EPA-approved levels.