This Excavator Was Toppling An Old Smokestack When Suddenly The Unthinkable Happened

Tim Phifer had tried all he could to take down a 158-foot smokestack remotely. When that failed, though, he climbed into an excavator. The digging machine did the job, but something went horribly wrong as the huge tower began to fall.

Phifer, a native of Pell City, Alabama, was a construction worker by trade. As such, he presumably relied on his knowledge of building – and demolishing – as he attempted to take down the 115-year-old smokestack.

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