Falling boulder destroys buildings in Rockville

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ROCKVILLE, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Geological Survey says a 30-foot boulder broke away from a mountainside in southern Utah and pieces of it smashed into several buildings and cars. No one was hurt.

Geologist Tyler Knudsen says the boulder broke away in Rockville on Wednesday after several days of rain.

It rolled through a shallow ravine, smashed into a partially buried boulder and shattered into several pieces.

The debris destroyed several sheds and a chicken coop and damaged two cars. One 4-foot hunk went through the entryway of a nearby home and put a hole in the wall.

Geologists worry that another similar-sized boulder might also soon come crashing down. They say it's sitting precariously on a 45-degree slope and is threatening several buildings below.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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