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Historic Provo Power smokestacks demolished

Historic Provo Power smokestacks demolished

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)


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PROVO — The historic Provo Power smokestacks came tumbling down during a demolition early Sunday morning.

There were a few loud cracks from the demolition explosives and then, both smokestacks fell — one to the west and the other off to the southwest. A giant cloud of dust could be seen from many blocks away.

The smokestacks have been part of Provo’s skyline for more than 76 years, according to Provo City. But with the advancing of technology, the smokestacks have not been used for years.

The city determined the structures were unsafe in the event of an earthquake and it was too expensive to bring them up to safety standards.

Crews prepare as Provo residents turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
Crews prepare as Provo residents turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
Provo residents take photos and talk as they turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Devon Dewey, KSL.com)
Provo residents take photos and talk as they turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Devon Dewey, KSL.com)
Provo residents take photos and talk as they turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
Provo residents take photos and talk as they turn out to watch as the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks are demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
The 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks begin their fall as Provo residents turn out to watch on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
The 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks begin their fall as Provo residents turn out to watch on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
Provo residents make their way away from the cloud of dust after the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks were demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
Provo residents make their way away from the cloud of dust after the 77-year-old Provo Power smokestacks were demolished on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

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