Oregon Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of people have turned out to witness the demolition of a huge recovery boiler at the former Albany Paper Mill.

People came to the Sunday morning implosion of the No. 4 boiler equipped with cameras, tripods, smart phones and video recorders.

The Albany Democrat-Herald says International Paper announced last week its plans to bring down the 175-foot structure, which has been idle for a decade.

The scrap metal will be sent for reclamation.

Oregon State Troopers and state transportation crews shut down Interstate 5 for roughly five minutes in both directions just before the blast, which collapsed the boiler.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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