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Smokestacks Set for Implosion on Tuesday

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St. Petersburg Times
The P. L. Bartow Steam Power Plant under construction on Weedon Island in the summer of 1957.

They've been part of the Tampa Bay landscape for more than 50 years.  The three large smokestacks at the old P. L. Bartow Steam Power Plant will be imploded today.  Demolition crews plant to bring them down at 10:00 am.  They expect it to take all of ten seconds.

The plant is located on Weedon Island in St. Petersburg.  The old steam plant was closed in June 2009 and replaced with a natural gas-fired plant.

The original plant was dedicated in September 1958.  

- Watch the VIDEO of the implosion
- Read about the plant's opening from a July 1957 article in the St. Petersburg Times