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Riverton Residents: Get Ready For "Pops," Some Shakes, and A Lot of Debris

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RIVERTON, KANSAS -

The Empire District Electric Company held a news conference today to discuss details of a big implosion set to happen.  The implosion is to get rid of old equipment that would otherwise rust away.

People in Riverton, listen up:  Very soon, you might get scared and confused if you don't know what's happening.

"That morning, when it happens, there will be multiple horns fired," says Drew Landoll with the Empire District Electric Company.

It won't be the start of another Cold War.

"There will be a countdown," says Landoll.

Some equipment that was once fit for making power will get one powerful sendoff into history.

"You're going to hear, pop, pop, pop!  People are going to say, well, there's nothing happening," says Joel Spirtas with KCOM Demolition.

Be patient.

"It's weight.  It's gravity," says Spirtas.

Give it about 10 seconds for the support to give way under two, heavy, coal-fueled generators used to make electricity.  They were built in the 1950's, but no longer make the cut for new EPA rules.

"Set mercury air toxicity standards," says Landoll.  ""The coal units were not feasible to be retrofitted."

New generators already on site have been mostly fueled by natural gas, also some diesel.

"Considerably more efficient.  It uses a lot less fuel.  It burns natural gas instead of coal.  It provides a fuel savings for our customers," says Landoll.

So, look forward to those new savings.  But in the meantime, don't expect to be camping out near this power plant, wanting to see the upcoming implosion show.

"Roads will be shut down," says Landoll.

You won't be able to get within 1,000 feet of the power plant.  Don't put this implosion on your calendar, either.  The day and time of the event isn't public; less information hopefully means fewer gawkers and more safety.

Just be prepared for the sights and sounds of controlled destruction.

"You'll see about 30, 35 feet of debris.  Steel and concrete, all of which is going to be recovered.  All of the steel is going to be taken out to steel yards.  All of the concrete will probably be crushed and reused for new highways and such," says Spirtas.

The cost of this implosion is $6.5 million, but Empire says this is the more efficient way to go.  

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