WATCH: Demolition of Sappi mill smokestack in Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A piece of Muskegon history came down Tuesday morning, as crews demolished another smoke stack at the old Sappi Fine Paper Mill on Lakeshore Drive.

The demolition happened around 7 a.m. It took only a few seconds for the nearly century-old smoke stack to fall to the ground.

Dozens of people came to watch the historic moment.

Drone 8 footage of the demolition of a smokestack at the old Sappi Paper Mill in Muskegon on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Several nearby roads were shut down for a few hours Tuesday morning, but have since reopened.

The smokestack was too unstable for workers to remove its asbestos lined paint and it had to be knocked down first.

Workers started testing the air quality immediately after the demolition. Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson said the air quality was OK following tests.

Officals have not released when the second smokestack will be demolished.

The Sappi Fine Paper Mill was one of the main drivers of Muskegon’s economy for nearly a century. The 120-acre site will be transformed into a commercial development dubbed “Windward Pointe.”