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Man vs. The 100 Ton Hunk of Slag

August 30th, 2013

The Port of Rochester shrouded in a thick orange haze. Smoke from an epic battle going on right now. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
For the past few weeks workers have been attacking a 100 ton hunk of slag that was discovered at the Port of Rochester last spring. Yesterday I noticed the giant plume of smoke from the O’rorke Bridge and made my way down to the scene of this epic battle. When the dust settles, who will remain standing? Man? Or The Slag?

This 'button' of slag was left over from the old Quinnesee Iron mill once located on this site. It's estimated to weigh some 100 tons. [PHOTO: Fred Amato]
This is what the beast looked like in June. It’s called a “button” and it’s made up of limestone, phosphate, iron and other heavy metals; the byproduct of the iron-making process. It was created by a huge blast furnace once operated here by the Quinnesee Iron Mining Company nearly a century ago. [Read more about the “button”]

A cool bit of history of you ask me. But the City wants it gone so they can begin work on the new marina project. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
A cool bit of history of you ask me. But the City wants it gone so they can begin work on the new marina project.

Workers are slowly breaking up the 'button' using blow torches and heavy equipment. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Workers are using blow torches and heavy equipment to drill holes into the hunk, slowly breaking it up into pieces small enough to be hauled away – to where, I have no clue. If you’d like a decorative boulder for your garden I suggest you come on down to Charlotte.

Thick orange smoke bellowing from the slag probably means something, but I'm no chemist. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
The thick orange smoke is probably some indication of the minerals contained within. But I can’t say what. Is there a chemist in the house?!

This thing is truly massive. I'm almost expecting a Martian spaceship to bust out of that thing and start vaporizing everything in sight. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
That guy in the middle of the crater is standing on top of the button which extends down at least 5 or 6 feet into the hole. The thing is truly massive. I’m almost expecting a Martian spaceship to bust out of that thing and start vaporizing everything in sight.

Like a scene from 'The War of the Worlds'... something's inside there I tell you! RUN YOU FOOLS! [IMAGE: Paramount Pictures]
Something’s inside there I tell you! RUN YOU FOOLS!

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5 Responses to “Man vs. The 100 Ton Hunk of Slag”

  1. Brian M. says:

    Uh-oh. We are provoking a sleeping giant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_U_gWtO6NM

  2. Damian K says:

    Maybe the orange color is just rust from iron?

  3. Quite possibly. Rust dust?

  4. John says:

    maybe we’ll rouse Joe Magarac from his slumber.

  5. Jerry M. says:

    Ride by it every day… Try not to breath till I’m pass the smoke, I do wonder what that is…It sure can’t be good for the people that live around their..


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