U.S. Rep. Lipinski requests federal investigation of McCook quarry blast

WESTERN SPRINGS – After experiencing Monday's quarry blast at his Western Springs home, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has requested a federal investigation into the incident that shook buildings and alarmed residents throughout the Chicago area.

Lipinski sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms asking both agencies to "ascertain whether laws, regulations and protocols may have been violated" regarding the purchase, storage and use of explosives at the Hanson Material Service quarry in McCook where the blast occurred, according to a news release from Lipinski's office. 

“I was sitting at my kitchen table at my home in Western Springs when my house started to violently shake for five seconds," Lipinski said in the letter. "This is something that no one should have to tolerate. The potential for unseen damage to homes and businesses caused by a blast such as this is unacceptable."

The U.S. Geological Survey classified the blast as a 3.2 magnitude seismic event that was felt as far away as Kenosha, Wis.