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Smokestack implosion bystander: "It was loud and it was awesome!”

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We aired the implosion of two of the smokestacks at the old Acme Power Plant live on 13abc, but lots of families chose to drive out to the Marina District to see it in person.

The actual excitement and dynamite-action only lasted fewer than 30 seconds, but the bystanders say it was worth the wait and a sign of a new beginning on the east side of the river.

Arriving early, they waited and waited to watch an iconic part of the Glass City skyline crumble.

"It doesn't happen that often,” says Barney Stewart of Sylvania.  “A part of Toledo's history is coming down. We thought we'd bring the grand kids and come down."

Some set up a picnic in front of Waite High School, others sat on cars, while some came up through cars.  One woman made sure to cover her convertible in case of dust.

A bus full of patients on a day trip from the Luther Home of Mercy in Northwood picked a prime position.

"Oh! As soon as I saw it on the news, I knew it was Wednesday … my day to go off campus,” says Shirley Romstadt with Luther Home of Mercy.  “That is so exciting!"

When the dynamite finally imploded two of the three smokestacks at the old Acme Power Plant one at a time, the pack of people lining the Toledo police perimeter exploded with enthusiasm.

"It was loud and it was awesome,” says 13-year-old Rebecca Perez.

"The 30 seconds was actually pretty cool,” says 19-year-old Robert Lorenzo who lives in South Toledo. “Even though we waited a little bit for it, it was a cool 30 seconds to watch."

"I just never thought I would see two towers explode in my life,” says 10-year-old Korbin Bradford of Walbridge.

"I thought it was like kind of a dream because my eyes were kind of blurry,” says nine-year-old Joshua Perez.

The precision impressed Marty Drown of Northwood who says she’s a former member of the 180th Fighter Wing who built bombs.

"I've never seen a demolition up close like this before, everything else has been on television, so being out here live, it was fun,” says Drown.

Though some were nostalgic, all agree it was time.

“It's just an eyesore,” says Kathy Okonski, who lives on the East Side.

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