BEVERLY, Ohio (WTAP) - A piece of Beverly's history is gone as the final structures at the old AEP Muskingum River Power Plant were brought down Friday morning.
The controlled blasts went off at 6:30 A.M.
Dozens of former workers and community members lined Route 60 nearby to get a final glimpse of the remaining smoke stacks.
Washington County Sheriff's Office closed off the portion of State Route 60 leading up to the blasts.
Many people we spoke to say they came to say goodbye to a key piece of their community's history.
"It's just a big loss to the community," said longtime resident Ralph Kenney. "It paid a lot of bills for a lot of people over the years and now it ain't paying nothing to nobody. It's just it's going to be different. It's going to be different.
At its peak, the plant powered three million homes and employed hundreds of workers.
The last unit shut down in 2015.
You can find the full demolition video on our Facebook page WTAP.
The final demolition at the old AEP power plant in Beverly is set for Friday morning at 6:30 a.m.
Earlier this month, a controlled explosion brought down a water cooling tower and a smoke stack at the former AEP Muskingum River Power Plant.
There will be some closures on State Route 60 as well as Sprawling road leading up to the blasts.
Washington County Sheriff's Office says a good spot to view the demolition is at a cemetery located at the intersection of Hackney Road and State Route 60
The coal-fired power plant operated for over 60 years before shutting down in 2015.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the final demolition of structures at the old AEP Power Plant in Beverly will be Friday, June 1, 2018.
It's almost the end of an era in southeastern Ohio.
On Friday, dozens of people watched the demolition of a water cooling tower and a smoke stack at the former AEP Muskingum River Power Plant in Beverly, Ohio.
The controlled explosions that demolished the water cooling tower and smoke stack took place at 6:30 A.M. Friday.
The coal-fired power plant was in operation for more than 60 years, until it closed in 2015.
Former employees say they have fond memories of working there.
David Hanes said: "All the guys I work with the older gentleman who retired before I did and it was more like family than anyone else."
Rick Robinson said: "Good folks good memories good place to work and a site like that is missed in the community when it goes away."
A final demolition at the site is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2018, when the remaining smokestacks and buildings will be torn down.
Deputies at the Washington County Sheriff's Office say a good spot to view the demolition Friday morning is at a cemetery located at the intersection of Hackney Road and State Route 60 in Beverly.
The demolition is set for 6:30 a.m.
The now defunct AEP Muskingum River Power Plant used to have 5 generating units. Units 1-4 were located in Morgan County and Unit 5 in Washington County.
A water cooling tower and smoke stack from Unit 5 will be torn down on Friday.
Deputies also say a portion of Sparling Road will be closed when the demolition takes place.
WTAP will have live coverage of the controlled blast on Daybreak.
ORIGINAL STORY: 05/15/18
You may hear loud noises in Beverly Friday morning as an old American Electric Power Plant is torn down.
There will be a controlled blast Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the former Muskingum River Power Plant in Beverly.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the demolition company is bringing down a water cooling tower and a smokestack.
Capt. Brian Rhodes says there may be some delays and closures on Sparling Road and Route 60 near the plant.
"They'll be an additional controlled explosion June 2nd which is a Saturday morning, 6:30 in the morning again," Rhodes said. "There will be some minor traffic delays, more so on the second blast on June 2nd because of the location of the two smoke stacks they'll be blowing up that day."
The plant closed down back in 2015.