- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) - Residents evacuated near a fire at a historic Connecticut granite quarry have been allowed to return home.

Officials in Branford had been concerned Thursday afternoon that explosives used for blasting at the Stony Creek Quarry might explode. Several hundred people within a mile were told to stay away for about two hours.

A small privately owned drone flown over the fire showed the explosives were far enough from some burning protective rubber mats to allow firefighters to safely smother it.

The cause is believed accidental. No injuries were reported.

The company’s website says its granite has been used for landmarks including the Statue of Liberty’s base and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Boston’s South Station, and other structures in the Northeast and as far as Dallas and New Orleans.


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