While you can't see the talented man with the torch, you can see the spraying fire as he slices through this giant steel tube. I wish I had taken a before picture so you could see that this big giant tube actually used to be covered with concrete (like the picture above) and once all that was removed they started cutting it apart into more manageable chunks.
Here's a series of the big giant claw/hand that is grabbing bits of steel and concrete. It is absolutely amazing how agile this grabber, or whatever you want to call it, actually is! It can actually grasp one little strand of steel that in the giant pile of scrap looks like a toothpick and gingerly place it on another pile. It can also drop big ass pieces of concrete onto the pile in a thunderous dusty cloud.
It's a beautiful pile of wreckage and rubble and when they drop a really big piece it makes a loud noise and then I realize that I've been staring at my computer for too long and I need to take a break and go back outside to watch some more. :)
I just spent a good hour googling to find a "before" picture and get some history of the facility. I can't find much so I may contact the historian and see what I can dig up. I'll be more diligent about taking pics as the process goes along.