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Final Acme smokestack to be partially demolished

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The two smaller smokestacks are already gone from the east Toledo site. The two smaller smokestacks are already gone from the east Toledo site.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Officials have announced when and how the third remaining smokestack in the Marina District in east Toledo will be lowered. 

Two of the smokestacks at the site of the former Acme Power Plant were imploded last month.  The third remaining smokestack will be imploded as well, but it won't be coming all the way down.

"We're going to bring it down to 100 feet," said Bill Burkett, Toledo's Economic and Business Development Commissioner.

Currently, the smokestack stands at 297 feet, so 197 feet will be blasted off. Back on July 16, the two smaller smokestacks came crumbling down via controlled implosion.  The same companies that worked on those implosions will handle the final tower's partial demolition.

"Structurally, it's good or better at that 100-foot level. Above that, we have a lot more structural impacts to the stack," said Burkett. "Also with a lot of our standard equipment, 120 feet is about the maximum reach."

The same exclusion zones will be set up for this implosion, including closing Front Street and shutting down the Maumee River to boaters.

 "The blast is going to be a lot higher off the ground and so we have to take that into consideration when the implosion occurs," Burkett said.

Early plans for the site include a mock lighthouse and possibly a park, to compliment the museum in the area. The implosion of the third smokestack is scheduled for Friday, August 29 at 9 a.m.

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