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1/29/2013 5:00:00 AM
Powerhouse smokestack coming down (video)

A crane uses a wrecking ball to demolish the stack at the old power house on Water Street in Peru.NewsTribune photo/Jeff Dankert
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A crane uses a wrecking ball to demolish the stack at the old power house on Water Street in Peru.
NewsTribune photo/Jeff Dankert
Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

A smokestack, the last structure standing at the old Peru power plant, began to crumble to the ground Monday as a crane swung a wrecking ball against its concrete-and-brick sides.

Steel reinforcing rods throughout the stack made the going slow, but dust and bricks cascaded to the ground with each loud thump of the 2-ton ball.

The effort attracted onlookers, who parked nearby. Jim Potthoff, electrical supervisor, watched with trepidation. Main power lines are only 15 feet to the north of the smokestack. However, there were no mishaps.

“As of right now everything has been coming down real safe,” said Rich Boehm, of Boehm Bros. Inc. of Peru, hired by the city to complete this last leg of demolition. Boehm subcontracted E. J. Cattani & Sons Inc. of Ladd for the crane work.

The crane plans to resume work Wednesday because of expected rain on Tuesday, Boehm said.

Once the site is cleared of rubble the city hopes to build a park.

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or

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