MiamiHerald / Daniel Molina works in the cyber intelligence business from his home in suburban Miramar, but colleagues dialed in on conference calls sometimes ask if he is posted in a war zone. That’s because Molina lives near a limestone quarry where near daily mining explosions reverberate through his floor, rattle his windows and scramble his brain.

“I’ll be on the phone with people who could be calling from any of 45 countries and the ba-ba-ba-BOOM goes off and they’ll say, ‘Are you in Miami or Syria? Are you in Iraq? Because it sounds like you’re under terrorist attack,’” Molina said.

Molina, who moved out west seeking peace of mind, said the blasting not only shakes the psyche but the entire foundation of his house. He has spent more than $15,000 repairing cracks in his walls, backyard pavers and swimming pool.

A blast can sound like a bomb detonating. It can feel like an earthquake. It makes dogs howl and babies cry. Better not be shaving at that moment. On Tuesday at 1:15 p.m., an alarming explosion emanating from the quarry sent a tremor through Linda Gomez’s house and the bodies of every person in it, a shock wave from the soles of the feet and through the spine that drilled into the skull.


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