Smokestacks along way to Myrtle Beach being removed

CONWAY, S.C. — Smokestacks at an old power plant on the main drag to Myrtle Beach are being brought down in controlled explosions this weekend.

State-owned electric utility Santee Cooper says the two 300-foot smokestacks at its Grainger Generating Station in Conway will be demolished early on Sunday morning.

The generating station is along U.S. Highway 501 about a dozen miles from Myrtle Beach. It’s the road traveled by millions of visitors to the beach each year.

Controlled Demolition Inc. from Maryland will demolish the stacks. U.S. 501 will be closed for about 15 minutes during the work.

The utility began operating the coal-fired plant in 1966. It was retired four years ago as Santee Cooper moved to a wider variety of fuels to generate power.