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Alabama smokestack demolition: 'Oh my gosh, I might have just watched my dad die'

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Scary moments after during the demolition of a 100-year-old smokestack in Pell City, Alabama Scary moments after during the demolition of a 100-year-old smokestack in Pell City, Alabama
PELL CITY, Alabama -

When trying to implode a 100-year-old smOKestack, if at first you don't succeed, try again. If that doesn't work, bring in a backhoe, right? Maybe come up with a plan C instead. 

Crews in central Alabama were recently tasked with bringing down a historic smokestack in Pell City, but after two explosions, the tower still stood. So someone said the next best option was to get a backhoe in there and chop away at it. Genius, right? Not so much. 

After a couple of chops, the tower dropped, tilted and then toppled over. Success! Not quite. It toppled over right on top of the backhoe. 

"It got dark real quick," backhoe operator Tim Phyfer told local media. "I've have some some things go wrong but not like this. I stay in the hoe ...the cab is made for that thing to turn over on top of it... it was going to have to come down one way or another."

Phyfer was checked out and is expected to be ok.

Now that the smokestack is gone crews will now clear the site for a city park.

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