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ConAgra demolition company is a small family business

Tom Jackson • Jan 5, 2012 at 3:07 PM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) Blowing up buildings for a living keeps an Idaho family traveling all around the world.

Advanced Explosives Demolition, hired to carry out the 3 p.m. Jan. 8 implosion that will bring down the old ConAgra building in Huron, brings 32 years of experience to the job.

Sunday’s implosion will use 800 to 1,000 pounds of explosives, including dynamite and emulsions, said Eric Kelly, 52, the company’s vice president, whose business card wishes recipients to “Have a Dynamite Day.”

Using dynamite may sound like a hazardous way to bring a building down, but it’s actually safer than using equipment to try to tear a building down, president of the company, Lisa Kelly said, because the work is done a safe distance from any people.

“The good thing with explosives is you push a button and walk away,” she said.

Read more about plans for the implosion and the Kelly family in Thursday's Register.


Noon: Police secure perimeter of 500 feet and 1000 feet to keep spectators a safe distance away. Officers close nearby roads, Huron Street at U.S. 6 westbound lane, Mills Street east of post office.

2:15 p.m.: 12 to 15 minute fireworks presentation. They’ll be detonated from the northwest corner of the ConAgra peninsula.

2:50 p.m.: U.S. 6 bridge closed (emergency traffic only)

2:55 p.m.: 10 second siren

2:59 p.m.: 10 second siren

2:59:50 p.m.: 10 second countdown

3 p.m.: Boom!

After 3 p.m.: U.S. 6 bridge will reopen after the dust cloud has settled and Advanced Explosives Demolition has given the “all clear.”

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