The Sound of Two Smokestacks Falling

The demolition of Long Mill Dye House in Roanoke, Virginia brought down two smokestacks but one didn't fall as planned.

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Watch this AP video and listen for one of the operators warn: "Be advised: one stack apparently did not fall in the right direction." There were no reports of injury to persons or property.

Long Mill demolition video

A local TV station WSLS reporter wrote:

Many of the people who came out to watch the building crumble worked in the mill for years, but for some it wasn't such a sad sight to see their former employer come crashing down.

"I hate to see them kill all the big rats, they had rats over there about 2 foot long," said Jim Chattin, who used to work at Long Mill.