Work continues after Solana Beach pipe blast

By Claire Harlin

Beachgoers who happened to be at Fletcher Cove the afternoon of Nov. 7 may have been in for a frightening surprise when a pipe accidentally exploded after a dredging company working on the Regional Beach Sand Project tried to unclog it by pressurizing it.

As of Nov. 13, work had resumed in the form of piping repair, deployment of divers, and movement of bulldozers and tug boats, according to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

After the accident, which happened around 4:30 p.m., Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company immediately shut down work on the sand replenishment project, which is also taking place on seven other beaches in the county. According to SANDAG, a safety review is underway and methods undertaken to clear the clogged pipe will not be employed again on this project.

No active dredging will be performed in the next few days, according to SANDAG, and officials will update the SANDAG website information as all project operations resume — and that’s not expected to happen earlier than Nov. 15. The project at Fletcher Cove began Nov. 4 and was expected to last six days.

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