Duke Energy plans small implosion at Sutton Plant Saturday

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Duke Energy imploded a boiler at the retired Sutton Plant in New Hanover County on April 10, 2016. (Photo: Duke Energy)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy is planning another implosion this weekend at the Sutton Plant near Wilmington.

The power company says it has added a small implosion Saturday afternoon to the plant’s demolition schedule weather permitting.

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According to a news release, crews will implode a precipitator at the retired site that supported operation of a coal boiler imploded May 1. An electrostatic precipitator is used to capture small particles, such as dust and ash left over from the coal combustion process.

Duke says the scheduled implosion was added as crews determined the need to remove the precipitator to create additional work space in advance of a final implosion scheduled at Sutton Plant this fall.

Saturday afternoon’s implosion will be much smaller than previous Sutton implosions, but you may hear a few short blasts at the time of the event if you’re nearby.

A Duke spokesman said activities at Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park and Sutton Lake will not be affected.

Duke’s implosion of another boiler last month caught many residents off guard.