One man is lucky to be alive after an iconic smokestack in Pell City, Alabama finally came down. One man was buried under bricks in his excavator after a smokestack collapsed during an implosion.
Tuesday morning, there was plenty of excitement to see the Avondale Mills landmark come down. Pell City residents young and old came out to witness the rare demolition.
The smoke stack didn’t go easily. After two attempts to demolish it with explosives. Tim Phifer did some risky digging to finally get the landmark down–but it came at a near deathly cost. One angle via drone video from Sky Bama shows the breathtaking moment. Tim said as things quickly got dark, he was thinking: “stay in the hole, that cab was made for that thing turn over on top of it, I was safer inside the cab then coming out of it.