Terre Haute Mill Demolished

Posted: April 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Courtesy of Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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TERRE HAUTE — Cars lined the streets and lawn chairs filled the grass as spectators gathered in Voorhees Park on Saturday morning.

But it wasn’t for the Easter Bunny or brightly colored eggs. People wanted to hear something go “boom.”

Demolition of the paper mill at Prairieton and Voorhees was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, but technical difficulties delayed the crash about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, security and demolition personnel kept trying to push spectators farther and farther back from the fence surrounding the plant.

“Get to the other side of the street!” one worker yelled to no avail.

A cord was rolled from the tall tower at the facility’s center, all the way to a connector box with a “T” handle.

A siren blared out one last warning call before the demolition crew hollered “fire in the hole” and the handle was pushed.

A loud crack was audible and a flash visible before the tower leaned back and fell to the ground with a crash.

“Wow!” voices from the park cheered.

Among the observers was Leah Disalvo, 4, who attended with her grandparents and siblings. “It was cool,” she said.

Her big brother and sister weren’t so easily impressed.

“I thought it would go past the fence,” said Rachel, 61/2.

“I thought it would be better if something blew up,” commented Zachary, 81/2.

Demolition and cleanup continued throughout the day.

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