Fire at Conn. quarry prompts temporary evacuation

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fire at a Connecticut quarry that has supplied granite for landmarks including the Statue of Liberty has caused area residents to evacuate temporarily.

Several hundred people within a mile of Stony Creek Quarry were told to stay away for about two hours Thursday afternoon after local officials became concerned that explosives used for blasting might explode.

A small privately-owned drone was flown over the fire and showed the explosives were far enough from some burning protective rubber mats to allow firefighters to safely smother it.

Fire officials say the cause of the fire is accidental. No injuries were reported.

The company's website says its granite has been used for the Statue of Liberty's base, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and at other U.S. landmarks and cultural sites.

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