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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fail: Smokestack Demolition Goes Wrong (With Video)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

A 300-foot smokestack at unused power plant in Spingfield, OH, was all set for demolition this week. Plans had been made, experts who specialize in demolition had worked, measuring and analyzing data to make sure all went well.

And then, with video cameras rolling, the demolition began with bursts of explosions, which is when things went wrong: the smokestack fell the wrong way, tearing down power lines, cutting electricity to 14,000 customers after snapping two 12,000-volt lines.

Whoops.

Here's the money quote from the AP's story:

''We had it all planned out. Everything was scoped out ... it caught everybody by surprise,'' Tim Suter, FirstEnergy's manager of external affairs, told the Daily News. ''Everybody was kind of excited, looking for cover.''

Watch the minor snafu below.

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