ConAgra demolition company is a small family business

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) Blowing up buildings for a living keeps an Idaho family traveling all around the world.
Tom Jackson
Jan 5, 2012


(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.”



I bet they haven't removed all the asbestos prior to demolishing the building. Almost guarantee there is asbestos covering all the steam lines in the building along within other places.The effect of the aftermath of asbestos being blown into the water and surrounding area will rival the cancer that has taken all those children from Clyde. Which by the way the govt. still doesn't have an answer for. People of Huron and surrounding areas better wake up as there is a disaster about to happen there when they level the building!!!

Norma J-C

@007, it's fear-mongers like you who bring down the world. We die no matter what we do or don't do and people with your attitude are the cancer.

Fear nothing people, except fear itself, that's what really makes one sick. The body is designed to be self-healing.

I'll be watching from my living room window and enjoying the moment. Blast away!


According to this abatement was completed on the building

T. A. Schwanger

Where is the best observation area outside the 1000 foot mark?


Be watching from the Register website. Gotta think all of Huron and 1/2 of Sandusky will be packing into the boat basin. Worked in the building last year taking tanks out of the front of the building. This is gonna be cool to see go down.


Try the view from the old Battery Park Drawbridge

T. A. Schwanger

IJan 05, 2012
03:53 PM

BigMoney says



I went down to check on the view from the Battery Park Drawbridge. When did they take the drawbridge down?


The best place to view the implosion without the crowds and lack of nearby parking will be the countless renditions on You Tube.


Advanced Explosives Demolition? that is the same company that caused the ohio edison mad river power plant 275-foot smoke stack in springfield ohio to fall the wrong way. be careful out there.


that little girl in the sr video looks like the same little girl in this video. 


the kelly family did have a television show called the imploders.  it was an interesting show that showed in detail what is involved in bringing down large structures with explosives.