As I reported last night on eyewitness news the postponement of the implosion is due to permit issues. Talking with officials today, I found out exactly what that means.
"These things don’t happen every day and again, you wanna make sure that everything is in place, so that everything goes off right," said department of transportation spokesman Jim Piccola.
The ConAgra implosion in Ohio, which was carried out by the same company contracted to bring the fay street warehouse down, went off without a hitch.
The hitch here: simply a mountain of paperwork.
"There is a lot of I's to be dotted and T's to be crossed," said Piccola.
Some of which were haven't been dotted or crossed yet.
The hold-up is coming from the sub-contractor of the project.
"As they were going through this. Um, again. They didn’t realize that they needed this class D permit," said Piccola.
Here’s where it gets technical: the last time the sub-contractor blasted in New York state an class - a permit for above ground blasting was the requirement.
In 2010 new regulations make it so they need a class - d permit for demolitions.
"Things have changed and they weren’t aware of that," said Piccola.
That’s why a new sub-contractor, who is already in the process of getting a class - d permit, is being hired to take over the blast.
"It’s not a very simple process to go through. It’s a very timely process," said Piccola
That’s why the big bang is postponed for now until sometime in March.
The official from the department of transportation I talked to today said that they want to have the big bang as soon as possible to avoid any delays with the rest of the arterial project.
That means they are aiming for some time in March. As soon as we know when the big bang is back on you will know.