Drone Captures Smokestack Demolition Gone Wrong


After two attempts to destroy a 115-year-old chimney stack with explosives (they don’t build ’em like they used to apparently), Tim Phifer from Pell City, Alabama decided to take on the job with an excavator. As you’ll see in the drone footage below, this method didn’t go as planed—the 2.6 million pound, 158-foot tall structure toppled directly onto Phifer’s vehicle.


Phifer opted to stay in the cab, as it was designed “to turn over on top of it”. This decision likely allowed him to survive the ordeal – escaping with only a few scratches and a covering of soot.

(via Gizmodo)

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