Coal plant demolition releases huge cloud of dust in Chicago
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An implosion at a coal plant in southwest Chicago that was captured in photographs and video created a cloud of dust that lingered over a community of homes. The Saturday morning planned demolition at the Crawford Coal plant was captured on film and sent dust streaming into the neighborhood next to the plant, known as Little Village. The Chicago Tribune reports that the area surrounding the plant has seen 268 people test positive for coronavirus.
Experts have said that the damaging impact of air pollution is likely to increase COVID-19 death rates, as Fox News previously reported.
A local photographer snapped a number of disturbing images from a city block away from the implosion.
“It was crazy. I couldn’t breathe,” the photographer, who only gave his name as Maclovio, told Earther. “I didn’t bring a mask so I just had to make a makeshift one with my jacket over my face… It hurt my lungs for like 20 minutes afterward, and my nose burned.”
Although the company received a permit from the city for the demolition, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday said the CEO of Hilco is “contrite and embarassed” by what took place in Little Village. “They own this,” the mayor said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “The representations that were made by Hilco were not followed through on. If anybody in the city government or the alderman’s office knew what was represented to us wasn’t actually gonna be followed on site, we would have stopped it in its tracks. But promises were made. Those promises were not kept. Lightfood said a cleanup operation is already underway in Little Village, which Hilco would be paying for.
By Christopher Carbone | Fox News