Last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts gone in a few seconds

Brayton Point Power Station on the left behind its 500-foot cooling towers. Photo by Z22, Wikimedia Commons.

It took only 10 seconds to implode two 500-foot cooling towers that belonged to the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.

The concrete structures demolished last Saturday were the last remains of the last coal-fired plant in the northeastern US state. Originally built in 1953, the facility provided electricity to millions in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island for five decades until it closed in 2017.

According to the Associated Press, the new owners of the property, Commercial Development Co., plan to turn the site into a facility dedicated to supporting off-shore wind farms.

The hundreds of people that gathered around Somerset’s waterfront to witness last weekend’s event also flooded social media with videos of the demolition, like the one below by YouTube user Will02724.

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