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[VIDEO] Power plant implosion: Historic power plant demolished in Florida

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM   |   Comments

July 17 (UPI) -- Nothing draws crowds like a controlled implosion.

The Florida Power and Light company dramatically altered the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., skyline on Tuesday by demolishing one of the city's historic landmarks -- the 1960s-era Port Everglades power plant.

According to the Palm Beach Post, FPL used 450 pounds of dynamite to bring down the plants 350-foot high smoke stacks and 7,500-ton boilers.

The company plans construct a more energy-efficient natural gas plant in its place, which it said would "save FPL customers hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs."

Here's a close-up of the destruction:

National Geographic said Tuesday that FPL's move toward natural gas is part of a growing trend throughout the country. Energy companies are demolishing aging coal-burning plants to make way for more efficient facilities.

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