The Skyline is Changing

Provo Smoke Stacks
Photo by Daily Herald

 

For over 76 years the Provo Power Smokestacks have served the citizens of Provo well. The smokestacks were used when the downtown power plant used coal to generate electricity in Provo. With advancing technology and the use of other power resources, neither coal or the smokestacks have been in use in that plant for well over 20 years.

On Sunday morning at 7:00 am, the countdown will begin and the smokestacks will be demolished. The charges will be set at the base and then the stacks will fall to the south and south west. See map below.

Provo Smoke Stacks

Although some have stated that the stacks are “iconic” or that they are “landmarks”, and as much as we empathize, they have been deemed unsafe and in serious disrepair, in addition to not meeting seismic standards. According to several engineering firms it would cost millions of dollars to bring them up to code with no guarantees that they would not incur serious damage in the event of even a minor earthquake and would have to come down anyway.

It is anticipated that there will be dust and debris from the demolition process, however several precautions are being made to protect nearby buildings and homes. In addition, a few roads will be closed surrounding the area from 6:30 am until about 7:15 am or until considered safe. Security will also be onsite making sure that no one enters the safety perimeter zone. The map below shows the street closures, security perimeter, and the viewing/staging locations. If you’re able to take pictures of the smokestacks before, during or after the demolition, please share the images on social media using the hashtag #provosmokestacks & tag @provocity @provopower so we can find them.

Tower Demolition

Provo Power, Layton Construction, Grant MacKay Construction and CDI Demolition Experts have all worked very hard to coordinate the demolition efforts to ensure safety, security and an overall seamless operation.

If you have questions regarding the demolition, please feel free to contact Provo Power by emailing powerinfo@provo.org or by calling 801-852-6886.

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  1. Kevin L

    You said that the countdown will begin at 7 am. How long is the countdown? Will the charges detonate at 7 am and 10 seconds? I want to be there and watch it blow up. Please clarify what the exact time is.

    1. John

      They will be detonating at 7am – the countdown will be a few seconds.

    2. Steve

      Great question. There are a number of scenarios that could cause me to be a few seconds late or early to the demolition. For example, is it “3…2…1…0… boom”, or “3…2…1… boom”? See that? Big difference. Then, as Kevin mentions, are we starting the countdown at 6:59:57, or 6:59:56 AM, in the three second countdown scenario? How long will the towers be teetering and then falling? Because I really don’t want to waste my time watching them slowly die and keel over – more interested in the impact. So that needs to be factored into the schedule. Definitely need a lot more clarification and planning for this one.

      1. Excited!

        Agreed. I am also looking forward to 360 degrees of arial footage. We need drones out there please. And a time lapse would be awesome. Can we get a shot of the Y in the background? Because I think that would help identify the location in case a gif goes viral… Wait. Can this be seen from space??? Can’t we see who knows someone, that can tell someone, to point a satellite at it?

  2. Lillian

    Thanks for the information. a memoriable moment in Provo history.

  3. Mikael Fehlberg

    What a sad day.

  4. Bill

    This is great news! They may be historic, but I’m actually glad to see them go. I personally have always considered them an eyesore in our city.

  5. Jamille sanford

    I’m annoyed that they’re going down on a Sunday. It doesn’t seem right.

    1. The number one goal of all parties involved is health and safety. It was decided that early on a Sunday morning was the very best day that impacted the least amount of people. We’ve had to coordinate with the hospital (IHC), LifeFlight, all EMS services and even the air traffic control at the Provo Airport. We understand that this is very monumental and even emotional to some, however in keeping with the goal of maintaining overall safety this was the best option.

      1. Sam Bryan

        Those all seem like fine reasons but its still a shame that you would choose such an inconvenient time. I know you would have had a huge turnout if you would have done it on a Saturday evening.

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