Some people who live near an old generating plant in Binghamton are concerned that a 199-foot-tall stack could collapse.

The towering structure is at the Charles Street facility that was taken out of service two years ago.

The city took ownership of the First Ward property after Wellhead Electric Company of California shut it down.

A 199-foot-tall stack at a closed generating plant as viewed from Murphy Avenue on January 17, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Councilman Giovanni Scaringi said he contacted city engineer Ray Standish after he received calls from constituents who said it appeared the giant stack is leaning.

According to the councilman, Standish advised him that pictures were taken of the structure and it was determined that it didn't pose a problem.

Former city councilman Anthony Massar, who lives nearby, noticed the stack seemed to be leaning.

Massar said now that officials have been notified, it will be the city's responsibility if something happens. He said "my eyes tell me that it's leaning."

Workers removed a General Electric turbine from the Charles Street plant on January 31, 2018. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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