Power Plant Implosion: Florida Demolishes 1960s-Era Facility With 450 Pounds Of Dynamite [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 17, 2013 4:58 PM EDT

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A Florida power plant imploded yesterday as part of a series of controlled explosions. The plant will be replaced with a more environmentally friendly one. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

A power plant implosion in Hollywood, Fla., took place today after months of planning.

The Everglades Power Plant, made up of four 1960s era, 350-foot candy-cane-colored smoke stacks, were brought down by 450 pounds of dynamite yesterday morning. The power plant implosion took about 60 seconds, and was the result of 90 controlled explosions.

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The Florida Power & Light Company's power plant implosion is the first step towards building a new clean energy power center. The company claims the new power plant will boost the local economy by providing 650 jobs, and that the new plant will be more environmentally friendly than the old plant.

The power plant implosion was the largest in Florida's history. It's the Florida Power & Light Company's third implosion in as many years, part of a plan to upgrade the state's ageing power infrastructure.

"All of this is helping us reduce our dependence on foreign oil -- a 98 percent reduction since 2001 -- while saving our customers' money by using more affordable American natural gas sources," said FPL President Eric Silagy.

"Today's boom may have lasted about a minute," Silagy continued, "but it will be a long-term boom for our state, our economy, our environment and America's push for energy independence."

Another upside is video evidence of the power plant implosion, a spectacle that never gets old.

 

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