Photos: El Paso smokestacks demolished

It took less than 30 seconds for the two massive smokestacks that have dominated the El Paso skyline for the past half-century to topple Saturday, taken down by two dynamite blasts.

Hundreds of camera-toting El Paso residents gathered before sunrise on the banks of the Rio Grande that overlook the former Asarco copper and lead smelter site, ready to document the 600- and 829-foot-tall chimneys' slow downward slide.

Asarco is headquartered in Tucson and Southern Arizona's 19th largest employer, with about 2,350 full-time-equivalent employees at the start of 2012.

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