A loud explosion was heard in parts of the Pioneer Valley Sunday morning as part of the Mt. Tom Power Plant in Holyoke was demolished.
According to Holyoke Fire Captain Kevin Cavagnac, at 8 a.m. precisely placed explosives were used to collapse the steel boiler structure in the power plant.
Cavagnac said the collapse was done in a very safe and controlled manner, and went as planned.
When our 22News crew got to the plant they could see parts of the building around the standing smoke stack in rubble on the ground.
The rubble and steel will be removed through the use of commercial machinery by ERSI, the company dismantling the power plant.
The Holyoke Police and fire departments, as well as ERSI, and CDI a demolition company from Maryland were all in attendance for the demolition.
Sunday’s demolition won’t be the last to take place at the plant, as the smoke stack will eventually be imploded.
The former coal plant will soon be replaced with more than 17,000 solar panels, which will make it the state’s largest solar farm.