Rich Militello has never been in an earthquake, but the Ahwatukee homeowner is getting a little taste of what they may feel like.

"Loud for a brief second and then the shake comes afterward," said Militello. "I was sitting at my desk and it kind of shook my computer a little bit."

The Valley musician has a front row seat to giant piles of dirt blowing up near his front yard.

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Construction of the new Loop 202 freeway is booming with Arizona's Department of Transportation crews blasting away two to three times a week.

Cathy Aimone-Martin heads up the blasting project for ADOT and said that every safety measure is being taken to protect nearby homes.

"This is what we call controlled blasting methods, where we control the amount of explosives and just blast, or fragment rock and not allow any wasted energy to the homes," said Aimone-Martin.

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But not all homeowners are convinced it's enough.

One homeowner claimed to have cracks in a backyard wall that resulted from the freeway construction blasts.

ADOT has told homeowners not to worry about possible damage to their homes.

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"They came out and inspected your home and property before and after," said homeowner Vince Cantarano. "If there was any type of damage they would take care of it. I thought it was very reassuring."

The blasts are expected to continue for the next six months.

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