Imperial Tobacco's Smokestack Comes Down With A Bang

Part of Greenville's tobacco history is now history.

The smokestack for the old Imperial Tobacco Warehouse was imploded at 1:00 p.m. Friday.

The smokestack was the last remaining part of the old tobacco company warehouse which was destroyed by an arson fire last year.

Advance Blasting Services was brought to tear down the historic landmark. Earlier attempts to use a cable to pull down the 200 foot smokestack failed.

Crews from Advance drilled 44 holes in the base, pulling 2 sticks of dynamite in each hole. Several streets were blocked off, including Dickinson Avenue.

People were kept back several hundred feet away and crews blew a 5 minute warning horn and then another at one minute out.

The implosion went off without a hitch.


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