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    Today was not a good day to be out in my Kayak. Not only was it chilly, but the wind gusts in excess of 20 knots. This led to some very choppy water and trouble controlling which way my kayak wanted to go, with the wind constantly trying to blow me sideways instead of letting my kayak point into the waves. Due to this, I was not as close to this implosion as I wanted to be, but I do not enjoy swimming all that much.

    The implosion itself was of the Cooling Tower of the B.L. England Coal and oil fired generating station in Beesley's Point NJ. The site is being cleaned up for redevelopment, so the cooling tower had to go (so does the smoke stack, but that is for a different day). Let's just say the implosion was neat, but getting out there was not the smartest thing I have ever done. Sorry about the camera, had a drop of water on the lens.

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    Default Re: Implosion from the water

    From closer


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    now you see it! Presto! Now you don't!
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    Default Re: Implosion from the water

    Always surprised when such things cannot be repurposed. Maybe indoor skydiving.

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    I wonder if the two-stage collapse was intentional.
    If it wasn't, there would have been some nervous people until it fell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Always surprised when such things cannot be repurposed. Maybe indoor skydiving.
    My daughter always thought those would make excellent rock gyms.

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    There's a real art to blowing things in.....


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    Right? Or drone fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Right? Or drone fighting.
    Drone Wars! and Pub.

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    There was a tragedy in out national capital when a demolition went wrong. People were lined up on the other side of the lake to a building demolition when debris from the explosion was blown across the lake and hit some members of the crowd gathered to watch the spectacle.

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    Default Re: Implosion from the water

    How many seconds between seeing the explosion and hearing it?
    Is that a CLC kayak; did you build it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    How many seconds between seeing the explosion and hearing it?
    I would say there was a second gap between seeing it start to fall and then hearing it. I was only a mile away, I was surprised at home long it took for the sound to reach me. I wanted to get closer, but I had to take shelter near the far shore when the sloppy state of the bay had me taking waves over the bow when the wind kicked up. There were a couple of times I could not even turn the kayak the gusts were so strong.

    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Is that a CLC kayak;; did you build it?
    It's a Chesapeake 17. I didn't build it, but I will be rebuilding it this winter. I got it for a song because the deck was rotted through in places. I have it temporarily patched so I can use it, but I will be ripping the entire deck off, strip planking it, and then stripping the paint off and giving her a fresh lick of colour to get her sparkling and new again.
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