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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul landmark came down with a boom Sunday morning.

The 10-story Island Station, with its 180-foot smokestack, was razed with explosives.

"It came down safely," said Eric Kelly with Idaho-based Advanced Explosives Demolition. "But there is some sadness when you see architecture from the 1920s come down."

The coal-fired power plant sat upstream from downtown St. Paul along the Mississippi River.

The St. Paul City Council designated the plant a historical heritage site. But Minnesota Public Radio News says that designation offers no protection.

Developers are planning to buy the property, but haven't released any plans for the site.

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