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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  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on May 18, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    I have watched the video a few times now and I dont' hear where someone uses God's name in vain. Someone needs to quit jumping to conclusions!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 16, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    Cactus, back in the day they "fire cured" tobacco. The smoke stack was probably attached to some form of brick oven at one point, which allowed them to cure the tobacco in the warehouse.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on May 16, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    The smoke stack and smoking ban both came down pretty hard in Greenville this week. lol
  • by Dave on May 15, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    I use God's name in vain all the time!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 15, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    I'm confused, why does a tobacco warehouse need a smoke stack? Growing up in EC, I don't think i've ever seen a warehouse with a smoke stack. What was its use?
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on May 15, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Now how long it is going to take before they get rid of the rest of the eyesore. I bet if this structure was located closer to ECU it would have been taken down sooner and not allowed to fall into such disrepair. Now the question is going to be what is going to go up in its place or if its gonna become a large overgrown field.
  • by Wilma Location: fahmville, NC on May 15, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    Wow! what action...what drama! And it sure impressed me with the super slow mo replay.
  • by Carolyn Location: Ayden, NC on May 15, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I watched the video of the implosion. The sound should have been cut out. The man talking used God's name in vain. It was disgusting.
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