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Separate Blasts Bring Down Sugar Mill In Eaton

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Frank Carlson took this photo of the demolition. (credit: Frank Carlson)

Frank Carlson took this photo of the demolition. (credit: Frank Carlson)

EATON, Colo. (CBS4) – A piece of Colorado history is now a pile of rubble. Crews destroyed a century old factory in Eaton on Sunday.

Hundreds of people watched as the old Great Western Sugar Factory came down on Sunday. The whole building was supposed to crumble on the first detonation strike at 1 p.m., but it didn’t quite work out on the first try.

At 4:30 p.m. explosives experts finally were able to get all the pieces of the building down.

That area will become a railway facility.

“Demolition crew followed the town’s instructions and used conservative amounts of explosives in the initial blast. The cast iron steel columns and beams held. Additional explosives were placed and were successful,” Eaton Town Manager Gary Carsten wrote.

Carsten said some of the scrap iron from the factory is being recycled in Denver.

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