76-year-old structure comes tumbling down - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

76-year-old structure comes tumbling down

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – On Satuday morning LyondellBasell Industries imploded a 320 –foot tall concrete flue stack at its former manufacturing facility along I-10 near Westlake.

The implosion of the 76-year-old stack clears the site for new economic development.

"LyondellBasell has no future plans for this property, but because of its prime location along Interstate 10, the property has great potential for economic development for the region," said Larry Maynard, site manager for the Lake Charles plant.

It took only a matter of seconds to topple the stack, which when it was constructed in the 1930s was considered part of one of the most modern manufacturing facilities in the world.

For Henry Singleton, a retired plant worker, who spent much of his 29 year career working in or around the flue stack, Saturday's demolition was bittersweet.

"I'm going to miss it, really miss it," said Singleton.

Singleton said the part he'll miss the most was the team work his co-workers practiced day in and day out.

Singleton was presented with a brick from the structure as a memento to remember the flue stack.

Copyright 2010 KPLC-TV.  All Rights Reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • TRAFFIC: Avoid I-10 EB near Welsh due to accident

    TRAFFIC: Avoid I-10 EB near Welsh due to accident

    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:18 PM EDT2018-06-23 16:18:23 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    I-10 EB is blocked near Welsh due to a vehicle accident. Please take an alternate route. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    I-10 EB is blocked near Welsh due to a vehicle accident. Please take an alternate route. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Motorcyclist dies in Calcasieu Parish crash

    Motorcyclist dies in Calcasieu Parish crash

    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-23 15:21:34 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    A Moss Bluff man died this evening after a vehicle accident, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Investigations revealed a 2015 Honda Civic driven by Hannah Borill, 22, of Westlake, was traveling north on Luke Powers Road and stopped at the stop sign at La. 3059. The Civic then traveled into the path of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling east on La. 3059, according to Anderson.  The operator of the motorcycle, Peter McCarthy, 29, "la...

    More >>

    A Moss Bluff man died this evening after a vehicle accident, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Investigations revealed a 2015 Honda Civic driven by Hannah Borill, 22, of Westlake, was traveling north on Luke Powers Road and stopped at the stop sign at La. 3059. The Civic then traveled into the path of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling east on La. 3059, according to Anderson.  The operator of the motorcycle, Peter McCarthy, 29, "la...

    More >>
  • KPLC general manager and photographer impress with Ryan Street tap-off

    KPLC general manager and photographer impress with Ryan Street tap-off

    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-06-23 13:06:06 GMT

    There was much excitement around KPLC today as Vice President/General Manager John Ware duked it out in a tap dancing battle with Antoine Aaron, KPLC photographer. John is participating in the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom dance competition alongside partner Gambrelle DiGiglia on August 4. The competition raises funds for The Whistle Stop's dancing classrooms and DanceSport program. Since John and Gambrelle's Facebook page reached 400 likes, John...

    More >>

    There was much excitement around KPLC today as Vice President/General Manager John Ware duked it out in a tap dancing battle with Antoine Aaron, KPLC photographer. John is participating in the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom dance competition alongside partner Gambrelle DiGiglia on August 4. The competition raises funds for The Whistle Stop's dancing classrooms and DanceSport program. Since John and Gambrelle's Facebook page reached 400 likes, John...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly