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Texas Chute Out ride at Six Flags to be imploded

 

The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 - 8:51 am

 

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Having a blast at Six Flags Over Texas will take on new meaning Wednesday.

 

The amusement park in Arlington on Tuesday announced plans to implode the 200-foot-tall Texas Chute Out.

 

The parachute drop-style ride opened in 1976 but closed last month to make way for a tower swing ride called the Texas SkyScreamer. The new ride opens next year.

 

Park officials say the implosion will happen Wednesday afternoon but Arlington city officials have asked that the exact time not be made public.

 

Six Flags Over Texas is operated by Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

 

This is going to be sad to watch. Cool, but sad.

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Hopefully they mean just the tower itself and all the spare parts were already taken from the ride and will be shipped to Great Adventure.

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I'm guessing they'll try to drop it on the entrance road, but there doesn't seem to be much room for this to go down unless Flashback is already gone. I'd be afraid it might not fall exactly where they want it to know matter what.

 

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I'm guessing they'll try to drop it on the entrance road, but there doesn't seem to be much room for this to go down unless Flashback is already gone. I'd be afraid it might not fall exactly where they want it to know matter what.

 

They could try bringing it straight down on top of itself.

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As a former demo person, along with as an aircraft maintenance person in the usmc, the tower will most likely drop straight down or they will drop it in the group of trees to the left in the pic. It's all in the placement of the charges. I would think that it would be a series of charges from bottom to top in the places of the rings area so it falls on top of itself as it falls, similar to when they do high rise buildings. They may use zip cord, which is used to cut through steel as it burns to do this also.

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What it takes to take down the Texas Chute Out

 

by TERESA WOODARD

 

WFAA Posted on October 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM Updated today at 11:58 AM

 

 

ARLINGTON — Workers from Dallas Demolition spent a long time mapping this project out. With power lines, businesses, roads, and high-dollar theme park equipment just a few yards away, accuracy is a necessity when it comes to imploding the Texas Chute Out, a part of the Six Flags Over Texas skyline since 1976.

 

"This is not going to be like your regular high rise coming down," explained Dallas Demolition president Anthony Lohden. "There's just going to be one boom and the tower will lay over."

 

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On Tuesday, Lohden's workers were using blow torches to loosen the bottom of the 200 foot tall ride. It will only take two pounds of dynamite and 10 pounds of other explosives hidden in a dozen different places to slice right through through the metal base Wednesday.

 

And in one piece, the Chute Out will topple to the east.

 

"Basically, the structure is a giant tower that we're going to cut down like a tree," explained Lohden. "We picked out a line and we're going to lay it on that line."

 

They have an orange stake marking the spot where they believe the top of the chute out will land; it is where the old "Flashback" ride used to be.

 

Flashback and the Texas Chute Out are being replaced by a 400 foot tall swing ride called the SkyScreamer.

 

The Chute Out sits just inside the park boundary, which means the implosion will be happening just yards from Arlington's busy Road to Six Flags. The structure will land near a Subway restaurant and a Valero gas station.

 

Lohden said that's why his crew is being careful. And he's confident it will be one smooth ride.

 

"It'll hit [the mark]," he promised. "We know. We've done a few."

 

The City of Arlington asked Six Flags not to publicize the exact time the implosion will happen. The park is only able to say it will take place after noon.

 

Fans are free to watch the implosion happen from the parking lot. Just go in through the "Magic Mile" entrance on the park's south side.

 

 

Click below for video:

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/What-it-takes-to-take-down-the-Texas-Chute-Out-173424171.html

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If the park continues to have the attitude they have now, The Tower should be safe for the time being. We still have tons of other places in the park that we need to fill with rides before the tower's real estate becomes that valuable.

 

 

The problem is now there are only two such towers left which makes them unique, which also makes them hard and exspensive to upkeep. The trend with parks these days is to rip out unique rides and replace them with standard cookie cutter rides everyone else has because they are cheap to up keep.

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