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At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another
At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another

The 320-foot-tall blast furnace that once drove the steel-making operation at Sparrows Point will come crumbling down in dramatic fashion next month, the new owners announced Monday. Officials of Sparrows Point Terminal LLC said the furnace will be imploded in a matter of days or weeks — they can't yet say exactly when — an early step in the plant's cleanup and redevelopment as an industrial campus. The L Blast Furnace has been shut down for more than two years, and the vast former steel mill campus is now a virtual ghost town. Still, for many, seeing the furnace leveled will be a sad reminder of the loss of jobs and pride that came with the operation at Sparrows...

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