Monday, June 30, 2008

The Leaning Tower of Ponce – Followup

The demolition crew in Coral Gables finally got the rest of 2801 Ponce de Leon to fall down.

On the second try, demolition crews successfully toppled the remainder of a 12-story building in Coral Gables Sunday morning — a leaning elevator shaft.

The building, at 2801 Ponce de Leon Blvd., had partially imploded Saturday morning, but the demolition failed to bring down the concrete elevator shaft. About 90 pounds of explosives blasted the building’s steel structure. But after the dust cleared, the concrete tower still stood, leaning to one side.

Sunday morning, demolition crews came back to finish the job.

A few minutes before 7:30 a.m., two sirens rang.

”Here it goes,” called out one crew member. Then the explosives detonated, sending shock waves, and with a giant boom, the shaft fell.

There’s a video of the final countdown in the article, but it has a commercial attached to it, so check it out on your own.