Photos: Florida power plant implosion

Power plant implosion

Credit: WPLG via CNN

A controlled implosion leveled a former power plant in Palmetto Bay, Florida on August 10, 2013.

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by CNN

WPLG

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

PALMETTO BAY, Florida — A planned implosion in South Florida reduced part of a power plant to a pile of rubble on Saturday morning.

The Cutler power plant's smokestacks and boilers crumbled to the ground in palmetto bay, south of Miami. WPLG reports 69 pounds of explosives were used to take the structures down.

The plant was more than 60 years old and belonged to Florida Power and Light. The company said it decided to tear it down because it was no longer cost-effective or necessary thanks to investments in cleaner, more fuel-efficient energy.

No incidents were reported at this event. One week earlier, at a similar power plant implosion in Bakersfield, California, five spectators were injured when shrapnel from the blast flew beyond a "safety zone."

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