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      Toledo city leaders watch two smokestacks implode

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      People got quite a show as two smokestacks at the former Toledo Edison steam plant came crashing down Wednesday afternoon.

      City and area leaders as well as residents were in attendance at Tribute park in east Toledo to watch the acme smokestacks crumble into dust.

      Oklahoma based Dykon Corporation carried out the implosion.

      Mayor Mike Collins says the implosion was long overdue. "We just continually build our city and respect the fact that east Toledo is part of the city of Toledo," Collins said.

      Now that the two smoke stacks are gone. The question lingers, what happens to the third column?

      According to city leaders, one smoke stack was untouched as part of a deal with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

      The city applied for and received the funding from the agency. Officials with HUD requested the column to stay for historical preservation.

      The marina district already has the Great Lakes museum, the U.S.S. Schoonmaker and city officials see other attractions coming."We do have some interested parties that would like to come in and build here, something that would be complimentary to the museum," explained Bill Burkett with the city of Toledo.

      City officials said the site will be cleared by Labor Day.