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It's a big one: boulder dug up on Yarmouth property said to weigh about eight tonnes

Pam Saulnier, who lives on Kempt Street in Yarmouth’s south end, was having some excavation work done on her property when this massive boulder was dug out.
Pam Saulnier, who lives on Kempt Street in Yarmouth’s south end, was having some excavation work done on her property when this massive boulder was dug out. - Eric Bourque

YARMOUTH, N.S. - A Yarmouth resident who was having some excavation work done on her property wasn’t expecting to find this: a boulder taller than she is.

Pam Saulnier, who lives on Kempt Street in the town’s south end, knew there was a rock there, but it wasn’t until an excavator went to work that she saw just how massive it was.

Saulnier was having some excavation done to make way for a fence she plans to have built.

The huge rock weighed an estimated eight metric tons, Saulnier was told by Rose Valley Trucking & Excavating, who did the work for her.

Standing by the unexpected discovery, Saulnier was asked how much of it was visible before the excavator dug it up.

“Just the very top there,” she said, pointing to the boulder’s highest point, “and it was only sticking out maybe four inches off the ground, four or five inches ... They had to do a lot of extra digging to get it out.”

After it was out, Saulnier said she would have liked to move it but was told it would just dig up her lawn wherever she put it, so she’s going to keep it where it is.

“I’m going to put some flowers around it next year probably,” she said, adding that someone had suggested she put something like a vine to grow over it.

“I’ll do something with it,” she said.

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