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Poof, they’re gone – Power plant towers demolished in seconds

Poof, they’re gone – Power plant towers demolished in seconds

In a matter of seconds, two 150-metre high cooling towers from Massachusetts’ last coal-fired power plant have been reduced to rubble.

The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 08:00 on Saturday at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Live video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope Bay implode and a large cloud of dust rise into the air.

The plant had burned coal since 1963. It closed in 2017 as environmental groups pushed for cleaner sources of energy generation.

The new owners of the property plan to turn the site into a multi-use facility mainly dedicated to supporting off-shore wind farms.

Long considered an eyesore by residents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, many residents happy to see the plant gone held demolition watch parties on Saturday.

Published at Sat, 27 Apr 2019 21:10:21 +0000