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Hopes high as Ohio River smokestack comes down

Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo by Casey Junkins VanDyne’s Family Restaurant in Dilles Bottom will host a watch party for the demolition of the 854-foot-tall smokestack at the former R.E. Burger plant in Dilles Bottom, scheduled for approximately 8:30 a.m. today.
Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo by Casey Junkins
VanDyne’s Family Restaurant in Dilles Bottom will host a watch party for the demolition of the 854-foot-tall smokestack at the former R.E. Burger plant in Dilles Bottom, scheduled for approximately 8:30 a.m. today.

DILLES BOTTOM, Ohio — Eggs, bacon, toast, coffee and a show await those headed to a watch party at VanDyne’s Family Restaurant for the demolition of the former R.E. Burger plant’s smokestack around 8:30 a.m. today.

Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will also host a watch party for the event that will take place just across the Ohio River. Many in the Upper Ohio Valley are excited to watch the event, with hopes it will facilitate development of a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker planned for the site.

“Everyone’s been calling to make sure we’re going to be open. We’ll be here and ready for the show,” said Heather Winters, a server at VanDyne’s.

“I am very excited to see it. I think it will be interesting to see how it goes,” she added.

Ron McDowell, senior geology researcher for the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, said the demolition will generate a shockwave similar to a sonic boom…

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