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Implosion of twin cooling towers

This happened last Saturday morning in Somerset Ma., just across the Taunton River from my home town of FallRiver Ma.
We went over to watch at my brothers house and had a wonderful view of the implosion at 8am. We had a morning party of sorts and mustered on the back deck overlooking the river. The cooling towers belonged to the now shut down Brayton Point coal fired power plant. The towers were 500' tall and cost 6 million to build and were used for 6 years, yup you read that right. Great investment.....

The implosion drew crowds from all over to watch the show and it went amazingly well, 10 seconds and it was over. The noise was amazing, it hit us a few seconds after it started since we were a mile or so away. It was a low pitch rumble that shook the house as the concrete towers collapsed on themselves.


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6 years old? What a waste. Back in the early 80's, I was at 9 Mile Nuclear plant when they built it. That cooling tower is still in service.

Thanks for the video though. Must have been cool to watch.

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That was quite a show, Mike. Thanks for bringing us along.

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...The towers were 500' tall and cost 6 million to build and were used for 6 years, yup you read that right. Great investment.......
Yup. And guess who paid for it - - you!! And me. We all get stuck with the cost of these brainless schemes in the form of higher utility bills.

End of last summer our very neglected pot-holed street FINALLY got re-paved by the municipality here. They peeled/stripped it down to the sub-layer, and then rolled in a nice thick layer of the most beautiful smooth blacktop. This spring, the gas company is tearing it all up to lay new gas lines.

Much smaller scale, but maybe it will make you feel better to know that incompetence is everywhere (or maybe not!?)

Thanks for the video, Mike. I've seen those towers many times crossing the bridge there. Guess I won't be seeing them again.




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This happened last Saturday morning in Somerset Ma., just across the Taunton River from my home town of FallRiver Ma.
We went over to watch at my brothers house and had a wonderful view of the implosion at 8am. We had a morning party of sorts and mustered on the back deck overlooking the river. The cooling towers belonged to the now shut down Brayton Point coal fired power plant. The towers were 500' tall and cost 6 million to build and were used for 6 years, yup you read that right. Great investment.....

The implosion drew crowds from all over to watch the show and it went amazingly well, 10 seconds and it was over. The noise was amazing, it hit us a few seconds after it started since we were a mile or so away. It was a low pitch rumble that shook the house as the concrete towers collapsed on themselves.
The plant had been in operation since 1963. Pretty much the environmentalists and NIMBY's killed it after complaining for years. One of the things heard most often is the high cost of electricity in that area and killing the generating plants is only going to increase the cost.

Controlled demolitions and implosions are always fun to watch from a distance.
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I heard the explosives and felt the house rumble when they detonated the towers,and my house is 15 miles north of Brayton Point!..

At first I thought it was thunder,we had some thunderstorms pass thru the night before,but there was no thunder clouds or rain then--and then I remembered I had just heard on the radio on WBZ earlier that morning that they moved the time to implode them up to 8 am instead of 10 am,and it was exactly 8 am when I heard and felt the rumble!..it lasted about 10 seconds,longer than a typical thunder clap..

I would have liked to gone somewhere near there that had a good vantage point,but I read online just about every such spot for miles around was packed with onlookers..
Best view is on YouTube..


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This happened last Saturday morning in Somerset Ma., just across the Taunton River from my home town of FallRiver Ma.
We went over to watch at my brothers house and had a wonderful view of the implosion at 8am. We had a morning party of sorts and mustered on the back deck overlooking the river. The cooling towers belonged to the now shut down Brayton Point coal fired power plant. The towers were 500' tall and cost 6 million to build and were used for 6 years, yup you read that right. Great investment.....

The implosion drew crowds from all over to watch the show and it went amazingly well, 10 seconds and it was over. The noise was amazing, it hit us a few seconds after it started since we were a mile or so away. It was a low pitch rumble that shook the house as the concrete towers collapsed on themselves.
The plant had been in operation since 1963. Pretty much the environmentalists and NIMBY's killed it after complaining for years. One of the things heard most often is the high cost of electricity in that area and killing the generating plants is only going to increase the cost.

Controlled demolitions and implosions are always fun to watch from a distance.
What he said... Coal plants are very efficient ways to produce a lot of electricity. They have scrubbers on them that remove almost all of the pollutants.

Best part about a coal plant is that it's controllable; you can't control wind and you can't control solar.

power companies have no choice now but to get rid of a lot of their coal portfolio because of the tree huggers.
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Re: Implosion of twin cooling towers

1. All the talk about "clean coal" is just that, talk. There are no actual, built generators that actually are. It has only been done for very small testing generators, and they haven't been able to scale it up to a full-size model.
2. There's also lots of talk about scrubbers and such. Guess what, generators not built recently basically get a pass on having to upgrade via waivers because it would be too expensive.

Course, the people who get to live nearby get to spend extra money when they and their children get a variety of health problems ranging from asthma to any number of cancers. And these people also tend to be poor, as they can't do what at least one Republican suggested in the past, and that is to move...
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That must've been interesting to watch!

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Re: Implosion of twin cooling towers

Very cool vid, Mike. It was almost as if they simply "deflated".

Their cost would seem a bargain compared to LI's Shoreham plant. I could expand on that, but that could veer political etc. and we all know that's a no-no here

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1. All the talk about "clean coal" is just that, talk. There are no actual, built generators that actually are. It has only been done for very small testing generators, and they haven't been able to scale it up to a full-size model.
2. There's also lots of talk about scrubbers and such. Guess what, generators not built recently basically get a pass on having to upgrade via waivers because it would be too expensive.

Course, the people who get to live nearby get to spend extra money when they and their children get a variety of health problems ranging from asthma to any number of cancers. And these people also tend to be poor, as they can't do what at least one Republican suggested in the past, and that is to move...
Well hopefully you don't own a vehicle as that isn't clean either. Go to Oklahoma and talk to the wind opponents, or as one person on here was complaining about land being flooded for hydo.

Maybe we should all go back to 1700s and not use electricity.
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1. All the talk about "clean coal" is just that, talk. There are no actual, built generators that actually are. It has only been done for very small testing generators, and they haven't been able to scale it up to a full-size model.
2. There's also lots of talk about scrubbers and such. Guess what, generators not built recently basically get a pass on having to upgrade via waivers because it would be too expensive.

Course, the people who get to live nearby get to spend extra money when they and their children get a variety of health problems ranging from asthma to any number of cancers. And these people also tend to be poor, as they can't do what at least one Republican suggested in the past, and that is to move...
Getting rid of coal-plants is not a bad thing.
Replacing them with wind or solar is moronic.
Cleaner-burning natural-gas is one option - can be retrofitted into a coal-plant for 1/2 price of a new plant.
Nuclear is the best option.
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Sure, replacing coal plants with ONLY wind or solar is moronic. Virtually noone is saying to do that.

I believe I read that in the last couple years, there was a new coal plant that was going to be "clean", that they couldn't actually make it work, after spending a LOT of time and money on it, and they finally gave up and converted at least part of it to natural gas...
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