Implosion reduces Florida power plant to pile of rubble

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by CNN

WPLG

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

PALMETTO BAY, Florida — A planned implosion in South Florida reduced part of a power plant to a pile of rubble on Saturday morning.

The Cutler power plant's smokestacks and boilers crumbled to the ground in palmetto bay, south of Miami. WPLG reports 69 pounds of explosives were used to take the structures down.

The plant was more than 60 years old and belonged to Florida Power and Light. The company said it decided to tear it down because it was no longer cost-effective or necessary thanks to investments in cleaner, more fuel-efficient energy.

No incidents were reported at this event. One week earlier, at a similar power plant implosion in Bakersfield, California, five spectators were injured when shrapnel from the blast flew beyond a "safety zone."

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