Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny: Demolition goes awry when tower topples the wrong way

Demolition Debacle

Tower was to fall this way, not that way

A 275-foot smokestack being demolished at an old Ohio power plant toppled in the wrong direction and sent spectators scrambling before knocking down two 12,000-volt power lines and crashing onto a building housing backup generators, Springfield Township fire Chief John Roeder said. Officials said about 4,000 customers in the Springfield area, about 25 miles northeast of Dayton, lost power because of the downed lines. Lisa Kelly, the president and owner of Idaho-based Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc., which handled the demolition, told the Springfield News-Sun on Wednesday that the explosives detonated correctly, but an undetected crack on the south side of the tower pulled it in a different direction.

Leaden lunch

Gunshot victim too hungry to wait

Miguel Soto, 25, was hungry. Really hungry. He was so hungry, police in Connecticut say, that though he was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli, Soto first went home and ate his lunch, then made his way to hospital. Soto told police he was leaving the deli Tuesday when gunshots rang out. One bullet hit him in the left leg, another in the groin. So, soon as the sandwich was over, he asked his father to take him to a hospital. Officers said his injuries were not life-threatening. No word on whether he had ingested anything else prior to his meal.

Come and get it

Steelers-style van serves warrants

People who don't want to be served a warrant or a summons aren't likely to stick around when they see a police cruiser pull up. So two officers in Connellsville, in western Pennsylvania, went to a car dealership and borrowed a van decorated in Steelers colors and the team logo. When they drove up to houses and honked, people came out for a better look at the van. That's when the officers served the court papers. To show Steelers spirit, the officers played the team's fight song while transporting people to a district judge.

'D' for dancing

Students' routine gets failing grade

Frustrated teachers who have been unable to stop students from grinding on the dance floor have canceled the winter formal at a Portland, Ore., high school. Vice principal Pam Joyner told the Oregonian newspaper that chaperones have tried everything to prevent the inappropriate contact — lectures, shining flashlights and even T-shirts that said "No bumping." Nothing worked. So teachers are refusing to chaperone the January dance. The school's special projects coordinator, Jan Watt, said the explanation is simple: The students dance like people they see on TV. Some students told the newspaper grinding is no big deal, but they don't want their parents to watch.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Demolition goes awry when tower topples the wrong way 11/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pinellas construction licensing board looking for ways to fill financial hole

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board's interim leader told the governing board Tuesday that the troubled agency is looking for ways to climb out of its

  2. Adam Putnam calls for special session on medical marijuana

    Blogs

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam wants state lawmakers to come back to Tallahassee in a special session to finish the work on medical marijuana that they started but didn't finish earlier this month.

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is a candidate for governor in 2018.
  3. We Tried That: Working on a food truck for a day

    Cooking

    What we tried: It seems like everyone and their mother wants to open a food truck.

    Carlynn Crosby prepares food at the Empamamas food truck in the Cigar City Brewing parking lot in Tampa this month. For a variety of reasons, food trucking is not for the faint of heart.
  4. Local child welfare non-profits lose funding as Eckerd Kids focuses on keeping children out of foster care

    News

    When it comes to getting children out of foster care, the non-profit group Directions for Living has one of the best records in Florida.

    Eckerd Kids
  5. Carlton: A little less swagger, Mr. Mayor?

    Politics

    In the dispute-gone-national over a bad joke uttered by Tampa's mayor, it is instructive to recall the nickname bestowed upon him by the local military.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during the International Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center Wednesday, June 25, 2016. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times