Breaking News – Stack stands strong…

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.