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Demolition at Former Coal Power Plant Leads to Power Outages

Controlled demolition goes wrong

Two smokestacks at the decommissioned Cheswick Generating Station were brought down in a controlled demolition on Friday. The operation mainly went as intended; however, an air burst resulted in the collapse of some utility poles and power lines on a nearby road, triggering unforeseen power outages.

Located in Springdale, just northeast of Pittsburgh, the Cheswick station’s implosion took place shortly after 8 a.m. The noise was accompanied by a large dust cloud as one smokestack measuring about 550 feet and the other 750 feet were toppled.

Though no injuries were reported, some properties in close proximity suffered minor damage that was being assessed later that day. Affected utility customers who experienced power outages saw their electricity supply restored within an hour. By late Friday afternoon, all customers had regained power.

The Cheswick plant, which ceased operations in the spring of 2022, is currently under the management of an environmental remediation firm.

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