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The Fall of Washington: 1935

The Fall of Washington: 1935

Sept. 17, 1935. "These two 150-foot-tall brick smokestacks on the Mall in Washington, D.C., were considered an eyesore and ordered demolished. The closer stack fell shortly after the far one toppled. They were erected when a central heating plant occupied the site." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

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It's probably smoke

They may have used fire to bring them down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L1WOnR2KBY

Physics in action

Note the crack forming 1/3 way up the falling stack.

An interesting fact of physics is that all debris from a non-monolithic falling structure will land within a distance 2/3 of its height.

Must have been in a hurry

They didn't even wait for it to stop smoking.

Holy smoke!

Was there a fire in that far stack when they toppled it?

[My guess: dust being forced up the chimney by the force of its collapse? -tterrace]

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