RIVIERA BEACH — Demolition contractors will use explosives to topple the familiar red-and-white smokestacks and other parts of Florida Power & Light Co.'s Riviera Beach power plant with a series of blasts scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Traffic will be stopped along Broadway and along 58th and 59th streets in West Palm Beach for a few minutes before and after the blasts, which are expected to cause the smokestacks, two boilers and an old water tower to fall onto berms of crushed concrete placed at the site to limit vibration.
The demolition is not expected to affect roads, but FPL officials said they don't want drivers to be distracted by the sight of the falling structures and noted that dust rising from the power plant site could limit visibility.
The structures - including the 300-foot smokestacks and the 3,500-ton boilers - are expected to fall in a little over 7 seconds following the detonation.
"If you're concerned about it, just close your windows and stay inside," said Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition Inc.
The demolition of the 1960s-era, oil-fired generating units will make way for construction of a $1.3 billion natural-gas-fired power plant. Construction on the Next Generation Energy Center is expected to begin next spring and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.
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