Botched Implosion Causes Tower to Fall in the Wrong Direction

Spectators were forced to run for cover.

November 11, 2010

A 2 NEWS videographer was forced to run the other way as the Ohio Edison tower in Springfield, Ohio, fell in the wrong direction during demolition.

First reports stated that one of the detonators did not go off, causing it to fall in the wrong direction. Officials on scene confirmed they all detonated.  Now they are investigating to see if there might have been cracks in the smoke stack that caused the problem.

The smoke stack demolition was part of a power plant clean up.  The 275-foot long tower had been there since 1927.

The tower fell onto power lines and took down poles

At least 4,000 customers lost power following the incident. All power has been restored.

No one was injured in the explosion.