Demolition team finally topples giant smokestack (VIDEO)

Eric Pfeiffer

A 175-foot tall smokestack in Washington state didn’t go down without a fight.

On Monday, an explosives crew detonated a payload beneath the 1,000-ton-smokestack at the former Peninsula Plywood mill site in Port Angeles, only to have it remain standing, most likely due to some rugged steel bars that were included to keep the thing standing in the first place.

Dozens of locals had gathered to see the demolition of the smokestack, which is being cleared to make way for a new marine development.

“At this point in time, the contractor is investigating the blast, what went right and what they need to do in order to complete the blast,” Port of Port Angeles Public Works Manager Randy Brackett told the crowd.

“Sooner or later, the stack is going down so that we can make room for the future."

The demolition crew then moved on to Plan B, using electrical saws to cut through the steel rebar inside the tower.

And as is seen in the video above, the smokestack was finally brought down on Monday night.