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Tacoma smokestack demolished

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A piece of northwest history crumbled this morning when demolition crews toppled a 500-foot smokestack in Tacoma.      

The smokestack was part of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter plant that operated for roughly 58 years.      

The concrete and steel smokestack was built in 1968 during plant expansion at the 96-acre site.      

Kaiser curtailed production in 2000 and the Port of Tacoma bought the site in December 2002.      

Demolition crews used dynamite at the base of the smokestack to tip the structure and send it toppling like a tree.      

The port has a three-point-six (m) million dollar contract with Tacoma-based R-W Rhine to remove more than 70 vacant structures on the site and make way for development.

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