MUSKEGON, MICH. - The demolition firm hired by Pure Muskegon to knock down one or two stacks at the former Sappi property now says it will happen Tuesday, July 18 at 7 a.m.
The notice sent to residents in Muskegon's Lakeside Neighborhood says, "assuming the weather conditions are right," the demo will happen tomorrow.
Two previous attempts to blow up the stack considered "dangerous" have been canceled, including Monday morning's planned demolition.
The notice also says the outer coating of the paint on the stacks is comprised of 2 to 3 percent asbestos. Initially, the state required Pure Muskegon to remove the paint before demolition, but approved an "emergency" demolition after engineers determined the stack was not safe to attach scaffolding to.
The second stack is believed to be in a condition that will allow workers to attach scaffolding and remove the paint after debris from the first stack is removed from the property.
The company hired to knock down the stack with explosives is Reliable Demolition, Inc. from St. Clair.
Anyone who lives within 500 feet of the implosion, in the 2400 block of Lakeshore Drive, is required to evacuate their home. Those who live within 1,000 feet should also evacuate their home -- however those residents will be allowed to shelter in place.
It is also strongly recommended that any air conditioning systems in the 1,000 feet zone be shut off during the blast.
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