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Sign of the times: Sparrows Point blast furnace demolished
Sign of the times: Sparrows Point blast furnace demolished

The detonation of 94 explosive charges brought the main blast furnace at Sparrows Point tumbling down in seconds Wednesday, putting a final exclamation point on generations of steelmaking in Baltimore. The 32-story L Blast Furnace — once the heart of the Bethlehem Steel operation here — toppled over at 1:15 p.m. Support beams collapsed, black smoke billowed and the towering structure was reduced to just another pile of rubble on a 3,100-acre landscape of debris. Bit by bit, remnants of the mill's steelmaking history are being demolished to make way for the redevelopment of Sparrows Point into a modern industrial campus. "It's kind of heartbreaking," said...

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