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The Tennessee Valley Authority has released a video showing the implosion of three towers at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky, which was retired in 2020.

The Tennessee Valley Authority released a video of a huge explosion that effected three cooling towers at an old coal plant in Kentucky.

Paradise Fossil Plant was demolished Thursday after 59 years of use.

“As part its ongoing process of clearing the Paradise Fossil Plant site, TVA crews & partners safely imploded three 435-plus foot tall cool towers on Nov.10,” stated the Tennessee Valley Authority in a statement.

Video of the towers falling to the ground after controlled explosions at the bases.

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According to the Tennessee Valley, Units 1 and 2, each with a generation capability of 704 megawatts, went online in 1963. They were at the time the largest operating units worldwide. In 1970, a third unit was operational with a summer net generation capacity of 971MW. (TVA)

TVA stated that the property was being redeveloped to help us advance our energy system in the future.

TVA has taken a number steps to bring the site back to ‘brownfield’ status by 2030 to make way for new development. It said that a portion of the site is already home to the gas-fired Paradise Combined Cycle Plant. This plant was opened in 2017. Paradise is also home to additional gas-fired combustion engines that TVA is building.

After a blast at one of the towers Tuesday, debris can be seen flying through air after it was removed from the Paradise Fossil Plant. (TVA)

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Paradise can be found northeast of Bowling Green in Kentucky and north of Nashville in Tennessee.

After an explosion, one of the towers at Paradise Fossil Plant collapses. (TVA)

“TVA’s Paradise Folial Plant was located in western Kentucky, near Paradise. It is situated on the Green River. According to the TVA, there were three units at the plant and three large cooling towers with natural-draft cooling. “Paradise is the only TVA coal-fired plant that had cooling towers. These are usually found at nuclear plants.”

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