Falling Smokestack Almost Kills Crane Operator

Caught on camera in Alabama, a smokestack falling on top of a crane operator, who got out, and walked away.

The scheduled demolition clearly did not go as planned.

The Avondale Mills smokestack would not go down easily.

Tim Phifer did some risky digging near the landmark to try and force it.

But that move nearly cost him his life, as it collapsed and everyone watched in shock.

Phifer, a 20 year explosives vet, says he firmly believes some divine intervention saved his life.