Ex-SC nuke plant demolishes reactor cooling tower

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - A former nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina has demolished a cooling tower.

The U.S. Department of Energy says the massive K reactor cooling tower was blown up on Tuesday as part of the Savannah River Site's stimulus-funded cleanup efforts.

Explosives were loaded into thousands of holes drilled in the 450 foot-tall, 345 foot-wide tower. It only took several seconds for the tower to fall.

The cooling tower built in the 1990s was at one time connected to the site's K reactor. But the tower was never actually used because the reactor stopped weapons production when the Cold War ended.

Savannah River opened in the early 1950s and once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. The site received about $1.6 billion in stimulus cash to create 3,100 temporary jobs.

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