How not to bring down a smokestack | The Columbus Dispatch

The former Ohio Edison Mad River Power Plant's 275-foot smokestack crushes buildings and tears down power lines as it falls the wrong way during demolition. Full Story
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Indiana Buckeye

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Nov 11, 2010
"It was like the end of the world..." Come on now, the only reason things like this attract the media in the first place is 'cause it's dangerous enough something MIGHT go wrong. Who'd watch NASCAR if there were no wrecks?
cmon now

Hilliard, OH

#2 Nov 11, 2010
I like this line "it was like the end of the world". That one made me laugh. Wish I could have been there.
will blacklick

Columbus, OH

#3 Nov 11, 2010
Should have had the lines temp. removed from the area in case something went wrong. Maybe it cost to much $$$ to do it. Trying to save some $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Ted Erick

United States

#4 Nov 11, 2010
YEEEEPP!! Kill th lines just in case .. Install a saftey / guy cable to coax the stack in the right direction .. Would have cost too much they were lucky .
Caveman

Columbus, OH

#5 Nov 11, 2010
They should have tied a rope to it, and had someone pull in the direction they wanted it to fall. So basic even a Caveman could have done it.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#6 Nov 11, 2010
Anyone notice that the little girl was the first one to start running?
Chirpie

Marysville, OH

#8 Nov 11, 2010
Well, Worst Energy, uh, I mean, First Energy does it again!
Chirpie

Marysville, OH

#9 Nov 11, 2010
cmon now wrote:
I like this line "it was like the end of the world". That one made me laugh. Wish I could have been there.
Tell me you would not have been nervous if you'd been under those live wires when hey started flying around?
Mary

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 11, 2010
Oops!
moronh8r

Columbus, OH

#11 Nov 11, 2010
Notice they stood directly under the power lines that the stack could have/did fall on, Makes you wonder if they were offered the option to stand in a spot that was expected to be clear, which would have been where the thing landed. And how do these people know what the end of the world seems like? Sounds like an all around group of intellignet people running and observing this thing. I agree the little girl seems to be the true genious here.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#12 Nov 11, 2010
ROFL @ this FAIL
u dummys

Redmond, WA

#13 Nov 11, 2010
they can`t do anything right in springfield,the whole town is a joke.
Mary

Columbus, OH

#14 Nov 11, 2010
the video is scary.
those lines must have been powered down. Cause with all those flying all over, a lot more bad could've happened. Thankfully nobody got hurt.
Alex

United States

#15 Nov 11, 2010
Low bidder?
maybemovingtocol umbus2012

Akron, OH

#16 Nov 11, 2010
Reader wrote:
Anyone notice that the little girl was the first one to start running?
Yes I did! I thought that was very perceptive of her! LOL!
mike

Lakeview, OH

#17 Nov 11, 2010
and these guys go to college to learn how to demolish things they most likely played football for the suckeyes also.
C Montgomery Burns

Wooster, OH

#18 Nov 11, 2010
Mr. Burns: "Who was in charge of this project?"

Smithers: "Homer Simpson, sir."

Mr. Burns: "Simpson, eh?"

D'oh!
Whooops

Columbus, OH

#19 Nov 11, 2010
Hey Boss, we have a bit of an issue out here at the job site. You mind sending a few more guys out.
Mark

Grove City, OH

#20 Nov 11, 2010
Strickland has apparently found a new job already.
wow

Raleigh, NC

#21 Nov 11, 2010
hmmmm...'FirstEnergy'? Aren't they the same ugly energy outfit that was caught door to door soliciting high priced gas rates to unsuspecting, undereducated consumers?

If so.... says plenty on this morass. Seems they might need to recheck the creds of whomever the demolition project 'supervisor' is (was?). Obviously, less than stellar.....

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