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Ka-boom! Fort Lauderdale power plant razed

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Now that’s power: A controlled explosion by Florida Power and Light brought down the 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday.

The aging power plant’s demise is part of the FPL’s “countdown to energy independence.” The controlled-explosive demolition brought down the candy-cane striped smokestacks – and four giant boiler buildings -- and an end of the foreign-oil burning plant.

The video captures the blasts as the buildings, and then the four smoke stacks are blown up with 450 pounds of explosives, according to the Miami Herald, which were set off by a series of 90 closely spaced blasts. Each falls to the ground as if in slow motion, leaving the plant in a pile of rubble.

In its place will be a “more fuel efficient plant that runs on clean, low-cost American natural gas,” according to the company’s website.

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