KCGM blows up 200 tonnes of explosives to open up Kalgoorlie Super Pit’s Oroya Brown Hill

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Video200 tonnes of explosives blew about one million tonnes of dirt sky high at the Kalgoorlie Super Pit on Thursday, January 21

The fence of Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit lookout was lined with eager onlookers this afternoon to watch a mega blast on the famous gold mine’s eastern wall.

KCGM detonated more than 200 tonnes of explosives just before 1pm Thursday in a new area of the Fimiston Open Pit named Oroya Brown Hill.

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The blast moved nearly one million tonnes of dirt and was initiated by East Kalgoorlie Primary School students.

In a post to Facebook ahead of the blast, KCGM said more than 1780 holes were drilled to a depth of 11 metres over nine days.

The blast was part of the east wall cutback to expand the Super Pit’s life of mine.

Social media in Kalgoorlie lit up as the dust flew.

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