In a matter of seconds, two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts’ last coal-fired power plant have been reduced to rubble.
The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Live video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope Bay implode and a large cloud of dust rise into the air.
The plant had burned coal since 1963. It closed in 2017 as environmental groups pushed for cleaner sources of energy generation.
The new owners of the property plan to turn the site into a multi-use facility mainly dedicated to supporting off-shore wind farms.
Long considered an eyesore by residents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, many residents happy to see the plant gone held demolition watch parties Saturday.
Brayton Point was once the largest coal-fired power plant in New England.
According to the company, the implosion represents the tallest cooling towers ever imploded in the world.
Once the area is demolished, it will be renamed the “Brayton Point Commerce Center” and support the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.