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175-foot tall grain elevator to be demolished in East Peoria

EAST PEORIA – A demolition company plans to knock down a 175-foot tall concrete-and-rebar grain elevator in East Peoria by chipping away at its base with the bucket of the excavator.

Property owner Tyler Siebert told the (Peoria) Journal Star no explosives will be used to knock down the grain elevator on Sunday. Siebert said the city gave him 15 days to demolish the structure in October and then halted the process last week when city officials expressed concern about the safety of the operation. Those concerns were satisfied Thursday.

A 500-foot perimeter around the demolition site will be set up by police. Residents in the immediate area are encouraged to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed because of an expected plume of dust.

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