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A 300 foot smokestack demolition at the 83 year old, defunct, Mad River Power Plant went wrong crashing to ground sending spectators scrambling and hit two high voltage power lines in Springfield on Wednesday.
Lisa Kelly, the president and owner of Idaho-based Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc., which handled the demolition, told the News-Sun that the explosives detonated correctly, but an undetected crack on the south side of the tower pulled it in a different direction.
No one was hurt but 4,000 people lost power after the smokestack hit the power lines and a building housing a generator.
Everything was just in slow motion ... I thought, 'This can't be happening,'" said Fire Chief John Roeder of Springfield Township Fire Department. "It was an amazing sight. I hope I never see it again."
Reporters, company employees, demolition crews and other bystanders fled, many screaming "Oh, no!" Thousands of customers on the city's west side lost power.
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