Implosion Falls Flat

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 2:46pm

Explosives fail to bring down majority of building on former Air Force base.

Demolition crews brought down part of Maine's old Loring Air force Base heating plant on Saturday.

More than 900 charges were used to implode the building, but the majority of the structure did not fall to the ground.

Now, demolition crews will have to disassemble the remains piece by piece.

The building was decommissioned in 1995.

It was used as the central heat plant for Loring Air Force Base.

The base was a strategic strong hold during the Cold War.

It housed B-52 bombers that were ready for deployment in case of a nuclear war.

Loring Bioenergy bought the land and the building as part of an energy infrastructure project.

The company plans to harvest wind energy and send it throughout northeastern Maine and into New England.

Officials say they expect the site to be cleaned up in about ten weeks.

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