Village of Rye Brook, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rye Brook 6-26-1984 by L.L. No. 12-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 91.
Demolition of buildings and structures — See Ch. 107.
Noise — See Ch. 158.
This chapter shall be known as a "Local Law Regulating Blasting and the Use of Explosives in Blasting Operations."
No person shall blast or use any explosives in blasting operations in the Village of Rye Brook unless he is a holder of a blaster's license in the Village of Rye Brook and unless he obtains a permit for the proposed work from the Building Inspector of the Village of Rye Brook.
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
A blaster's license shall be issued by the Building Inspector of the Village of Rye Brook upon application on forms prescribed by him. Applicants shall be at least 21 years of age and shall satisfy the Building Inspector as to their experience in handling explosives and ability to use the same without undue risk. Applicants shall submit proof of a state certificate of competence as required by § 482 of the General Business Law. All application materials shall be submitted in electronic file format acceptable to the Building Department in addition to at least three paper copies of any plans or surveys, or such other format or amount as determined by the Building Department. The Building Department may waive the electronic submission requirement only in extraordinary cases of technical infeasibility.
[Amended 10-28-2014 by L.L. No. 9-2014]
The license shall not be issued until the applicant shall furnish a bond or an irrevocable letter of credit in a sum to be fixed by the Village Engineer and in a form acceptable to the Village Attorney. After such approval, said bond or letter of credit shall be filed with the Village Clerk. In addition, each applicant shall secure and deliver to the Director of Public Works a liability insurance policy in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees with the Village named as an additional insured. Each application shall be accompanied by a fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees. Licenses shall expire on December 31 next following the date of their issuance and may be renewed by the Building Inspector for a period of one year on the payment of a registration fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each renewal. The current License and Fee Schedule is on file in the Village Clerk's Office. Each applicant for renewal of license shall furnish a bond or irrevocable letter of credit as hereinabove provided. A license may be revoked if, in the opinion of the Building Inspector, the holder of such license has proven himself incompetent or careless. If so revoked, no new license shall be issued to the same person for a period of three months, and then only upon satisfying the Building Inspector of his fitness for such license.
[Amended 8-26-2003 by L.L. No. 13-2003]
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
All bonds or letters of credit herein required shall be conditioned for the payment to the Village of Rye Brook, in full or in part, or to any person entitled thereto, for any loss, damage or injury resulting to persons or property by reason of any use of any explosives in blasting operations, and for the strict and full compliance with the provisions of this chapter and with such other regulations pertaining to explosives as may hereinafter be lawfully made and enacted.
Permits for blasting shall only be issued by the Building Inspector of the Village of Rye Brook to person holding a blasting license or to contractors who have in their employ persons holding such a license.
The permit shall state the location for which it is approved, the date issued, the name of the person or persons authorized to do the blasting and such other information as the Building Inspector may deem necessary. The permit shall be good only for the one location designated therein, shall not be transferable and shall expire not later than one year from the date thereof. Application for such permit shall be accompanied by an inspection fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Trustees. The current License and Fee Schedule is on file in the Village Clerk's office.
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992; 8-26-2003 by L.L. No. 13-2003]
If the Director of Public Works or Building Inspector finds, upon reviewing an application for a blasting permit, that the conduct of such blasting operation will require the Village to hire an outside expert or consultant to review the permit application, to monitor the activity or to offer advice on the placing and firing of the charges, the estimated cost of the services of such outside expert or consultant will be added to the permit fee, and, if the actual fee exceeds the estimate, the licensee shall be required to pay said excess to the Village as part of the conditions of the license.
[Added 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992].
It shall be unlawful to blast or carry on any blasting operation after 7:00 p.m. or dusk, whichever occurs earlier, or before 8:00 a.m., nor shall any blasting operation be done on Sunday, except with the approval of the Building Inspector.
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
No person shall use for a blasting operation a quantity of explosives greater than necessary to properly start the rock. It shall be unlawful to store explosives, fuses, electrical equipment or other apparatus necessary to blast or any equipment involved with exploding or blasting charge, except for covering materials on site overnight.
Before firing any blasts, except where the same is in a tunnel, the material to be blasted shall be covered on the top and sides with timber, held securely together by strong chains or ropes of iron or steel, and covered with sheets of tin or heavy woven material of rope or wire.
It shall be unlawful to explode a blasting charge by means of time fuse, slow-burning or safety fuse or by any means other than some form of electrical apparatus. At least three minutes before firing a blast, the blaster shall give warning thereof by causing a competent person carrying a red flag to be stationed at a reasonable distance from the blast at each avenue of approach or point of danger.
The blasting of rock contiguous to any structure shall be so conducted as not to cause damage thereto. To this end, weak walls or other supports shall be shored up, and rotten or decomposed rock shall be removed only by the use of gads, picks or crowbars. When blasting in the vicinity of a weak structure is unavoidable, only light-face blasts with short lines of resistance and small charges shall be used.
Blasting charges shall be tamped only by means of wooden tamping rods, and explosives shall be pressed or set into place by steady, even pressure only. All strokes or blows with the tamping rods are forbidden, and no tamping rod shall be used which is frayed or split at the end.
Immediately after firing a blast, the blaster shall cause all debris to be removed and shall thoroughly examine the rock and the drill holes to ascertain whether there remains any unexploded charge, and until this is done, no drills shall be set up. In case a charge shall fail to explode, it must be exploded by drilling one hole at least 12 inches away, which shall be loaded and fired in the usual manner, but in no case shall the charge and tamping be removed from the hole without the special permission of the Building Inspector. In case a blast shall fail to carry away the entire drill hole and leaves the lower part intact, no further drilling shall be done in that hole.
No person shall load holes in blasting operations except the blaster authorized in the permit; provided, however, that while holes are being actually loaded, drillers and drill-helpers may act as blaster's helpers under the direct supervision and responsibility of the blaster.
Cartridges, while being capped, shall be removed from any magazine to a distance of not less than 50 feet, and, after being capped, shall not be returned to a magazine. Cartridges shall be capped only as required for the work and for immediate use.
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
The violation of any provisions of this chapter, or failure to comply therewith, shall be a violation punishable by a fine as provided in § 1-17 of Chapter 1, General Provisions, and each such day such violation shall be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense. The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of the prohibited conditions.