Boulder Rock Breaking

Boulder Rock Blasting

Boulder Rock Blasting

The landscape of the Canadian Shield has been sculpted by a process called glaciation. During the last ice age, giant accumulations of ice carved out the bedrock creating most of our lakes. The ice carried the rock and debris away, called drift, and as the ice melted the drift was deposited all over the shield. This means millions of tons of drift ranging from particle size of clay to the size of a giant boulder are all mixed in together and shape most of our flat “inhabitable area”.

What does all this mean for the development of land? Well, it means that we need to contend with obtrusive boulders in almost every aspect of excavation. Whether you are digging for a roadway, foundation or trenching for service lines an obtrusive boulder will most certainly be found in the exact spot you need to dig. Historically your options are to relocate the dig, broker a large digger, or abort the project. Well, we have the solution to this problem.

Your safety is our top priority!

Environmentally friendly with no significant hazard in its packaged state makes Rock Poppers Mini Blast the best option for sensitive blasting areas. We only require localized clearance of the area as opposed to complete site evacuation. This means we can drill, stem and blast and have the site back to work in no time.

Virtually no over blast

The unique blast does not create overpressure or shockwaves making it safe for animals and structures with glass

Minimal Noise

Since the charges are smaller, more efficient and drilled deep into the rock the accompanying sound is dampened to that of a starting pistol!

No noxious gases

There are no dangerous fumes released from detonation, but it could still be dusty!

Minimal vibrations

The slower deflagration process minimizes vibration in surrounding rock keeping nearby structures and sensitive areas safe

Minimizes fly rock to less than 30ft

Our process gives us more control over the blast and with a slower deflagration, fly rock can be controlled to less than 30 feet!

Here’s how boulder rock breaking works:

Since boulders have a little burden, we can use smaller bores, and smaller charges to break
the boulder into manageable pieces. Most times a boulder rock blasting requires a single charge, meaning we can drill, stem, and blast it within 20 minutes. Reducing the size of the rock can be done until the desired size is achieved. Our system is SAFER, FASTER, and can get you back to work IMMEDIATELY!

Step 1

Drill hole
Specific pattern, location and bore for each situation

Step 2

Insert Cartridge
Specified load for burden.

Step 3

Pack the hole with aggregate.

Step 4

Clear the area!

Step 5

Deploy Blast
Fire in the hole!