GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- It was there and then it was gone. Two smokestacks at a coal plant that once served as an energy source for a part of Eastern North Carolina for sixty-two years were demolished on Friday.
The H.F. Lee Steam Plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina helped generate power for Carolina Power and Light and then eventually Duke Energy. But on Friday, engineers set explosives to a section of the facility turning it into a mount of ruble.
Friday's demolition collapsed the two three-hundred foot tall stacks, locals had become accustomed to seeing as part of their rural landscape.
At the height of the plant's operation, sixty-five employees worked there.
Duke Energy replaced the H.F. Lee Steam Plant with a 920-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in December of 2012.