Brayton Point cooling towers demolished as Southeastern Massachusetts looks on

By: Amanda Pitts


SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) – Somerset officially got their skyline back, as the cooling towers at the former Brayton Point Power Station were demolished.

“I guess you’ll see the skyline a lot better than you used to, it’ll be like the old days,” said Brenda Koldyk of Fall River.

At 8 a.m. the infamous 500-foot towers came crashing down in less than ten seconds. People filled streets and bridges and attended watch parties across the area for the implosion.

“It’s nice to know that they’re gonna come down now, cause really it just brings the skyline back to what it was when I remember when I was a young child growing up in this town,” said Ed Pontes of Middleboro.

A few weeks ago the chimneys of the Brayton Point Power Station were imploded. It’s all part of the former plant’s redevelopment.

“This plant was a huge source of water and air pollution in the area,” said Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation.

The once largest coal-fired power plant in New England will soon be used to support renewable energy projects, marking the end of an era.

“If you look at the plant itself, you can really tell it’s from a bygone era. The community here in Somerset I think is the ones who really should celebrate because this is a great new day for them,” said Mahoney.

Redevelopment of the site will begin this summer.

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