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Watch The Demolition Of Massachusetts' Last Coal-Fired Power Plant

The two 500-foot cooling towers of the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset are demolished with explosives. The plant had burned coal since 1963. (Benjamin Lescault/Grace Barker Health via AP)
The two 500-foot cooling towers of the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset are demolished with explosives. The plant had burned coal since 1963. (Benjamin Lescault/Grace Barker Health via AP)

In a matter of seconds, two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant were reduced to rubble.

The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Live video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope Bay implode and a large cloud of dust rise into the air.

The plant had burned coal since 1963. It closed in 2017 as environmental groups pushed for cleaner sources of energy generation.

The new owners of the property plan to turn the site into a multi-use facility mainly dedicated to supporting offshore wind farms.

Long considered an eyesore by residents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, many residents happy to see the plant gone held demolition watch parties Saturday.

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Earlier Video Of Demolition Of Its Chimneys

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