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UPDATE: Implosion of old Cassville power plant

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CASSVILLE, Wis. (KWWL) -

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In just a matter of seconds, the old Alliant Energy power plant in Cassville, Wisconsin came down.

For many in the area, it was saying goodbye to the past. 

The Nelson Dewey Generating Station shut down in 2015. For nearly 60 years, it was an important part of the small town, providing power, jobs, and a sense of community.

People gathered to watch the demolition, like retired employee Keevin Williams. "It's just hard to see it go, knowing that it's been here that long, and all of the people that were employed there," he said.

At one time, the plant had 60 full-time dedicated workers. Some were laid off because of the closure. Others were able to transfer to different locations, including to the Alliant plant in Lansing, Iowa. 

The concrete facility, and its 355-foot stack turned to rubble. Dust surrounding the perimeter.

"We had a safety zone here today of 10 football fields, a 1,000 feet around the facility...we had spotters out on the river for the other side of the facility,"  said Scott Reigstad, company spokesman.

Completely bringing down the power plant will be an ongoing process. Crews plan to recycle much of the material from the facility.

Once the site is cleared, Alliant will start showing it to possible buyers

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There's electricity is in the air as a plant known for providing power comes down.

Alliant Energy scheduled an implosion of the Nelson Dewey Generation building in Cassville, Wisconsin.

A crowd gathered to watch it happen this afternoon.

The plant closed in recent years, affecting more than 40 workers.  Some of those employees transferred to other facilities.

KWWL had a crew there today.  Watch News 7 KWWL at 5 & 6 p.m. for what many are calling a sentimental goodbye in their community.

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