SANATOGA PA – If it goes “boom!” south of Sanatoga village, sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any weekday, the sound you hear may be that of a controlled explosion within the Pottstown Trap Rock quarry on Sanatoga Road, its owners recently reminded the public in a legal advertisement.
The July 30 (2015) ad, published on behalf of Skippack PA-based Reading Materials Inc., is a periodic government requirement intended to keep the public informed of what’s happening in its backyard, state officials say. Consequently, the notice:
- Alerts residents “blasting will be conducted in compliance with all state and federal laws” between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as necessary Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
- Acknowledges Sanatoga Quarry blasting times occasionally may vary due to weather conditions, mechanical or electrical failures, or dangerous conditions.
- Notifies residents they’ll hear sirens or horns wail before and after a blast occurs. Three signals “lasting approximately 5 seconds” will sound at least one minute before detonation. One long signal “lasting approximately 10 seconds” is the “all clear” indicator.
- Warns drivers they may be stopped on Linfield, Sanatoga, South Pleasant View or Sanatoga Station roads if explosions are scheduled to occur within 800 feet of any of those highways. Additionally, access roads to the quarry will be blocked 10 minutes before each detonation.
The quarry “produces a beautiful rustic red aggregate stone that is used in many construction and landscaping applications,” according to its page on the H&K Group website. During June, a national trade publication ranked H&K as 23rd on its most recent list of “The Nation’s Top 25 Crushed Stone Producers.”