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World record tower demolition planned in Southern Nevada

Bren Tower

A world record will be set at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) on Wednesday, May 23, when a 1,527-foot tower used in above-ground nuclear experiments in the 1960s will be brought down in a planned demolition.

The BREN (Bare Reactor Experiment -- Nevada) Tower will be the tallest structure of its kind ever to be demolished. The tower is  taller than the Empire State Building (1,454 feet, to the top of lightening rod), taller that the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas (1,148 feet) and half-again as tall as the Eiffel Tower (1,063 feet, with antenna).

The tower will be brought down due to safety concerns for personnel working nearby and risk to aircraft flying in the area. Contributing factors include lack of use, maintenance issues, and an uneconomical cost of more than $1 million that would have been required return the tower to a usable state.

DEMCO, Inc. is partnering with Controlled Demolition, Inc. to bring down BREN Tower in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. Because the tower is very tall, highly controlled demolition techniques will be employed. The tower will be demolished by explosively removing a small section of one leg at ground level, then explosively severing the tensioned guy wires and the anchor/stanchions on the opposite side.

About the photo:

A sign near the BREN Tower cites the historical significance of the tower (in the background) which will be demolished next week.