First blast fails to shift fire-damaged smokestack.
The first attempt at demolishing a smokestack at Pell City’s Avondale Mills has failed.
The historic cotton mill has been part of the city’s history since 1902. It closed in 2006 and was destroyed by a fire two years later.
The city agreed to implode the structure because it says the 180-foot chimney is a public safety risk.
Local media reports the smokestack’s base was thicker than engineers thought, so they’ll have to recharge the blast and try again later today.