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VIDEO: Gougler Smoke Stack Demolished

Massive brick column demolished today as part of Gougler Machine demolition

The that towered over the C.L. Gougler and Machine Co. on Lake Street for almost 100 years turned to dust today.

Gougler retiree Harold Snowberger, 90, of Kent, pushed the button to blow the dynamite at the base of the stack at about 1 p.m. Snowberger spent 44 years working at the factory.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA, the owner of the former Gougler factory, invited almost 200 former employees of the plant to watch the demolition this afternoon. Almost 300 people gathered to watch the demolition, which briefly closed Lake Street though the actual demolition took only seconds.

Did you take photos or video of the demolition today? Click on the "Upload Photos" button to share them here on Kent Patch.

Look for complete coverage of the demolition later today and Thursday on Kent Patch.

Matt Fredmonsky April 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Thanks to everyone who shared photos! Look for more photos and video tomorrow.
jim francis April 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
interesting
Laurel Stiller April 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Super job covering this Kent Patch. Thanks for sharing this.
Matt Fredmonsky April 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
You're welcome. If you have photos or video to share, don't forget to upload them.

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