Remaining smokestacks set to topple Wednesday at former Weathersfield power plant
People living near the old Ohio Edison Generation Plant in Weathersfield may hear some explosions on Wednesday.
Township officials say demolition experts plan to use controlled explosives to take down the two remaining smokestacks at the building on Belmont Avenue.
Officials have not given an estimated time for the demolition but say safety precautions will be in place and there is no need to call 9-1-1 if you hear the blasts.
In May of last year, explosives were used to topple a larger, 400-foot-tall smokestack at the 67-year-old building.
That demolition effort began at 9 a.m. after the explosion, the stack only began to lean. The structure didn’t completely fall until later that afternoon.
According to the Niles Historical Society, the plant cost $35 million and was dedicated in 1954.
The plant burned 2,500 tons of coal each day to generate more than 200,000 kilowatts of electricity.