Xcel energy is upgrading with a significantly lower emission power plant. A 550 foot high smoke stack weighing a bit over 11 million pounds built 36 years ago part of St. Paul’s cityscape was brought down today. I had checked a few locations to shoot this photographically with the help of others, taking into consideration the excursion zone which police would close off to the public and block traffic. I choose Cliff road as the closest spot that would be open to public, but, I guess, some were just below me I saw on the train tracks. Cliff road runs parallel overlooking Shepard road just below which was closed off for good reason. I had a few reservations if it was wise being so close to such a massive structure being brought down with high explosives, it passed 2 seconds latter. Hundreds lined the streets, the Smith Avenue High bridge to Harriet Island and other locations. Complete account @ thesuckzone.com/2008/06/28/june-28th-2008-st-paul-xcel-smoke-stack-demolition/

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