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The tower is seen standing just minutes before its demolition Wednesday. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
Smoke billows from where the tower once stood. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A 1,527-foot tower used during the atomic age was demolished Wednesday at Nevada's National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site.
The structure, known as the Bare Reactor Experiment – Nevada Tower, has been labeled a safety risk to aircraft and surrounding workers.
The tower's height marked the altitude at which the atomic bomb "Little Boy" was detonated over Hiroshima, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration website.
It had been used to monitor radiation during above-ground nuclear experiments in the 1960s but would require more than $1 million in repairs to make it suitable for further research.
Officials at the site remarked that its demolition will be a world record. The tower is the largest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River, and is taller than such notable landmarks as New York's Empire State Building, Chicago's Trump Tower, and the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
FOX5's Doug Johnson has details on Wednesday's demolition on FOX5 News at 5.
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