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2 Massive Cooling Towers at Florida Power Plant Collapse in Seconds

Two 462-foot-tall cooling towers at the St. Johns River Power Park were simultaneously imploded in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday. (YouTube/The Associated Press)

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 10:04 AM

Two massive cooling towers at a Florida power plant were collapsed in mere seconds, but it took over two months of preparation time, about 1,500 pounds of dynamite and 12,000 linear feet of detonation to make the spectacular scene happen, The Associated Press reported.

Standing at 462-feet tall, the towers at St. Johns River Power Park in Jacksonville were the second tallest to be imploded in the world.

Jacksonville Electric Authority and Florida Power and Light handed $14.5 million to Total Wrecking and Environmental to oversee the demolition of the power park, which is expected to be completed in April 2020.

Gina Kyle, a Jacksonville Electric Authority spokeswoman, said that the implosion of the towers was the "first step in decommissioning the entire plant," WTLV-TV reported.

And while the implosion of the two twin cooling towers was a spectacular sight, it was also one that carried an air of poignancy for those who were around when the structures were erected.

Among them was former Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold, who helped usher in the St. Johns River Power Park during his time at City Hall, The Florida Times-Union reported.

"All I could think about was how hard it was to put it up and how much time it took to build it, and then in just five seconds, it was over," he said.

It took six years and $1.45 billion for the St. Johns River Power Park to be built in the 1980s.

Watching as the towers came tumbling down, Godbold noted that it was "the end of an era."

The deconstruction of city landmarks can be a bittersweet experience for surrounding communities.

When demolition of Cleveland’s Randall Park Mall, once the biggest mall in the world, began residents were heartbroken.

"I remember walking through it and feeling overwhelmed by the memories, most of which were good ones," photographer Seph Lawless told CNN Money.

"I mean, this wasn't just a place to shop, it was a place people went to talk and meet other people. We didn't have social media or smartphones. We had malls and it was what we did."

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Two massive cooling towers at a Florida power plant were collapsed in mere seconds, but it took over two months of preparation time, about 1,500 pounds of dynamite and 12,000 linear feet of detonation to make the spectacular scene happen.
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