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No Go On Toppling Smokestack

Part of Greenville's history scheduled to come down Thursday morning remains standing.

The 200-foot smokestack that once served the Imperial Tobacco Company in downtown Greenville was damaged by a fire a year ago.

Preservationists had hoped to save the landmark, along with the water tower that came down last week. But experts said both structures were badly damaged in the fire and could not be saved.

Crews did two initial tension tests Thursday morning. They attached a cable to the smokestack in an effort to bring it down, but the cable snapped. It appears the structure is more sound than originally thought. Officials say they need to regroup and come up with another plan, which could include imploding the smokestack. The smokestack is not expected to come down now for another week or two.


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