Huron demolished one of its most visible structures Sunday in a controlled collapse that sent a cloud of smoke and dust into the clear blue sky as hundreds of spectators cheered.
Demolition crews used dynamite to bring down a seven-story building and other parts of the city-owned grain mill at a former ConAgra site along the Huron river Sunday afternoon in the lakeshore town. The decades-old facility is being torn down to make way for something new.
Huron City Manager Andy White said in a statement leading up to the event that he was excited about cleaning up the site and kicking off a new phase of development for the area.
Residents were invited to view the collapse, and a fireworks show that preceded it, from a safe distance. Some bundled up in the cold to watch from a boat basin and a special viewing area. Those watching from a yacht club inside the safety perimeter wore yellow hard hats.
They whistled and cheered during the thundering pop-pop-pop of dynamite blasts that essentially dropped the building down a few levels from its previous height so it can be further torn apart.
The company hired for the job, Advanced Explosive Demolition Inc. of Idaho, planned to tear down the silos at the facility separately using a technique that makes the structures fall.