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Water tower on Dort Highway torn down

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BURTON (WJRT) -

(07/27/12) - You might notice something missing the next time you drive down Dort Highway in Burton -135 foot water tower is no longer there.

It came down Friday morning, after towering over Dort Highway since 1954. It served the water needs of a once booming industrial section of the county. But, time took its toll.

"This tower has become unsafe," said Soroc Products General Mgr. David Richard."It started to shale and so forth, so over time it's got to come down one way or another, so the decision was made to go ahead and salvage it."

Friday morning, crews prepared to bring it down. But, the tower wasn't quite ready.

"You crock on it and you hope that when your cables are on it, you can pull it to the direction you need to pull it - today we weren't that lucky," Richard said.

The cables meant to bring down the 120 ton structure snapped, so Jeremy Osborne went in with a blow torch to thin the legs. It's a potentially dangerous task that calls for skill and caution.

Osborne has done it dozens of times, but it never gets easy.

"Anybody who says they're not nervous, I think they're lying personally. I get nervous every time," Osborne said.

Finally, about an hour behind schedule, the tower came down.

Now the cleanup begins. It should take two days to clear the site.

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