No, It’s Not Another Quake – Zagreb Chimneys Due for Demolition on Sunday

Lauren Simmonds

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Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to seismic damage caused to the load-bearing structure, some Zagreb chimneys, more specifically of the Crnomerec Brickyard, will be demolished on Sunday at noon. At the location of the former Ciglane Zagreb, next to the tram turnaround in Crnomerec, an industrial complex with two chimneys at the address Ilica-Ciglanska ulica 7 was abandoned.

These Zagreb chimneys are located in the eastern and western part of the main building with brick kilns – the height of the western chimney is 49.8 metres, and the height of the eastern chimney is 62.2 metres.

Due to last year’s terrible earthquakes, on the March 22nd here in Zagreb and on December the 29th in Petrinja, the chimneys were heavily damaged. Due to this damage, their stability was disturbed and their very structures now represent a danger, so on Sunday, February the 21st, 2021, a controlled demolition will be carried out to remove this concern.

The chosen method of demolition will see both of these Zagreb chimneys rotated in a northwesterly direction. The direction was chosen with regard to the environment and the possibility of them falling into free space and the protection of facilities that are in operation in the vicinity, with the least damage potentially done to the brickyard’s facilities, the statement said.

“For the purpose of removing the Zagreb chimneys at the location of Ilica 288 at the building of the Old Brickyard on Sunday, February the 21st, from 11:45 to 12:15, traffic along Ilica in the part from Selska cesta to Oranica street will be disabled. The actual chimney removal itself is scheduled for 12 noon,” the company carrying out the demolition reported.

Residents of Crnomerec who live in the immediate vicinity have been asked to open their windows and lower the blinds by 11:45 and keep them open until the end of the detonation is announced with an audible signal to prevent their windows from cracking. Residens were also asked not to stand by their open windows and watch the Zagreb chimneys being taken down. All side streets along that part of Ilica will also be closed off to traffic, and pedestrians will not be allowed to move freely during that time.

Bypass routes during the aforementioned works will be: Ilica – Oranica – Zagrebacka cesta – Prilaz baruna Filipovica and Ilica – Selska cesta – Zagorska – Tomislavova – Zagrebacka cesta – Oranica – Ilica.

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