Removal starts of fallen boulder in Ohio

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Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:33 AM
Removal starts of fallen boulder in Ohio

Crews are expected to use jackhammers to remove a large boulder that fell from a southeast Ohio hillside, crushing a car and damaging a home and three other vehicles.

The Athens Messenger reports ( the boulder that fell late Tuesday is estimated at about 100 tons and 25 feet in diameter. No one was hurt.

Athens city officials say it will take a week or longer to remove the rock, to be used as fill for a city project. They say the slide was likely caused over time by penetration of a rock fissure by tree roots and rains. Crews and specialists continue to assess the area's stability.

Tim Pfaff, who owns the home the boulder struck, tells The Messenger the rockslide "sounded like a huge hailstorm" and brought lightning-like flashes.


Information from: The Athens Messenger,