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Former steam plant smokestacks imploded

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It took just sixteen seconds for two smokestacks to be reduced to rubble just after 12:30pm on Wednesday. The twin stacks were part of the former Toledo Edison steam plant now located in the Marina District. 

The smokestacks were built in 1917 and were decommissioned.  Much of the plant was previously demolished.  Law enforcement blocked traffic in the area and residents along Front Street were advised to remain inside.  Experts set off explosions to bring down the stacks while a crowd of bystanders cheered after the mission was successful.  A large cloud of dust rose from the site and quickly disappeared.  Toledo mayor Mike Collins and other officials were on site.  Traffic continued uninterrupted along the Veterans Glass City Skyway after the implosion took place.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes was closed for the day and parts of the Maumee River were blocked off as a safety precaution.  Officials with the museum said they were happy to see the old brick towers come down as it will make the area more attractive for visitors.  13abc anchor Tony Geftos summed it up by saying "it was a lot of waiting for a couple of seconds."  

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