UPDATE: Crowd watches partial demolition of AEP Ohio power plant in Beverly

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BEVERLY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/18/2018
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 June 2, 2018, when the remaining smokestacks and buildings will be torn down.

UPDATE: 05/17/2018

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.


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.

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