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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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Man! could you imagine what a "tater" launcher you could make outta that thing!
  • by Delta Location: greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    Since it is newly discovered that the smokestack is in fact sturdy, give it too the preservationist. This was a big part of greenville history. MOst likely there would not even had been a greenville if tobacco had not exsisted. These days though we could do without greenville for what it has become, a magnet for foreigners both domestic and imported along with the crime they bring.
  • by Dave on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    I guess the odds were "stacked" against them.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    I guess those workers found that the smokestack demolition job was "too hot to handle!" Yes!
  • by Dave Location: The Moon on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    You got that right Bud; it took everything in my power for me not to blow my "stack."
  • by Dufas Location: here and there on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Why not get Edwards crane out there with a big crane and wrecking ball, shouldn't take long that way? That would be too easy I guess.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Wow you guys are really "fired up" over this.
  • by Dave on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I am "smoking" mad because of this decision!
  • by bob Location: greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    This really burns me up!
  • by Dave Location: Upstairs on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Well, first the water tower, now the smokestack. All that's left is West Greenville and this place will finally look half descent!
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