In Massachusetts, the Department of Fire Services, the Division of Fire Safety issues Blasting Certificates of Competency and Explosives Users Certificates to blasters and blasting companies. These certificates document that the blaster is competent to conduct blasting operations, and that the company has shown evidence of both bonding and the required insurance.
Local fire departments may then issue a Permit to Blast to blasters and blasting companies who have these documents, have done all the correct planning and met all regulatory requirements (see 527 CMR 1.00). Local fire departments will not issue a blasting permit without all these conditions being met.
Who should I contact?
Contact your local Fire Department for complaints concerning blasting activities at quarries/mines.
Department of Fire Services Blasting for Property Owners