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7 years ago today: Video captures wrong-way Springfield smokestack collapse

A dramatic video captured the moment, seven years ago today, when a 275-foot smokestack fell the wrong way and sent spectators scrambling. 

Demolition of the former Ohio Edison Mad River Power Plant smokestack was intended to send the structure into a cleared area. 

Instead, the tower came crashing down in the opposite direction, landing on 12,500-volt power lines and a building. No one was hurt. 

“It just started leaning the other way and I thought, ‘Holy cow.’ It was terrifying for a little bit,” Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder said in 2010. 

The owner of the demolition company told the Springfield News-Sun an undetected crack on the south side of the tower pulled it backwards when the explosives detonated.

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