A loud blast was heard and felt across a wide area of northeastern Clarke County, Virginia just before noon today. The blast rattled windows several miles from the source, a rock quarry located near the intersection of Virginia Route 7 and Shepherds Mill Road.
According to Clarke County Central Dispatch the blast was part of normal quarry operations but weather conditions may have contributed to the noise seeming louder than normal.
“We checked with the quarry manager when the blast was reported” said a Clarke County emergency dispatcher around 11:45am today. “The low cloud cover apparently kept the noise contained causing an unusually load echo.”