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Hundreds watch implosion of ex-Muskegon paper mil

Oct 28th, 2013 - State News

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Crews have used explosives to demolish a 10-story former power plant at the site of a shuttered paper mill in Muskegon.

Hundreds of people watched as the building came down at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Officials say the aim of the implosion was to tip over the massive power plant structure. Two remaining smokestacks at the Sappi paper mill site are expected to be taken down separately.

The demolition project is for Melching Incorporated which owns the western Michigan property.

Authorities were carrying out some evacuations in preparation for the demolition.

The Muskegon City Commission approved the demolition in September. The paper mill closed in 2009, idling about 200 workers.

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