BULLETIN ——————— PenPly smokestack falls at 6:15 p.m.

BULLETIN — The PenPly smokestack fell at 6:15 p.m., kicking up a huge cloud of dust.

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Engineers say the concrete stack is being held up by a web of steel rebar that is inside the tower.

They are attempting to use huge electrical saws to cut through rebar at the base of the tower — to see if that will finally topple it.

No more explosives will be used today, the engineers said.

Earlier, an excavator was used to rip off the protective wrapping at the base of the stack, where the explosives were set off at 3:30 p.m. today to no effect.

“At this point in time, the contractor is investigating the blast, what went right and what they need to do in order to complete the blast,” Port of Port Angeles Public Works Manager Randy Brackett told a crowd at about 4:30 p.m. that had assembled near the site

“This may be a matter that takes a day or more. There's a remote possibility it may happen yet this evening. If it does, our plan, our intention, would be to operate again on the half hour.

Bracket said there was “no guarantee that we will have much of a show for the rest of the evening here.

“Sooner or later, the stack is going down so that we can make room for the future."

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