Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Wow.

It's gone.

The Trojan cooling tower is now a pile of rubble, a hazy cloud drifting off to the south, and a piece of wall (about 100 feet tall, one reporter believed) that's still standing on the east or southeast side of the site.

Turns out that Portland General Electric placed a camera inside the cooling tower, in a reinforced box to attempt to protect it, like an airplane black box. Oh my God, I hope I can see that...once it's dug out of the mess of concrete and steel, and once someone determines whether any of the footage actually survived. PGE didn't tell anyone about this until after the implosion, but I'm not surprised the camera was put there.

And now I'm especially glad I got out to Trojan one last time to see what would soon be gone, and get a photo record of it. I didn't see the Kingdome implosion live, but I visited Seattle only days after that landmark was destroyed; my very first stop in Seattle was the cleanup site, when most of the remains, well, remained, and the cleanup had only just begun.

I'm still a little wide-eyed, thinking about the destruction of a 499-foot-tall reinforced concrete tower. But this is still easier to watch than destruction caused by actual disaster.

Edited to add: Here is KATU 2's coverage of the event.

And I haven't seen it online yet, but KATU did show the feed from the (now destroyed) camera that PGE placed inside the tower. And at least until the explosions went off, it looked much like the inside of the Information Retrieval Chamber in the movie Brazil.
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