by: Steve Gehlbach Updated:
ATLANTA - More than 500 pounds of explosives brought down the Archives building in downtown Atlanta Sunday morning.
The 55,000-ton building (330 Capitol Avenue SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30334) was imploded at 7 a.m. It fell at a 45-degree angle.
Surface and secondary roads were closed from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Interstate roads were closed from 6:50 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
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Devin Simmons, a 5-year-old patient at Children's Health Care of Atlanta, "pushed the button" to kick off the implosion.
Below is a schedule of events that took place Sunday morning.
- 6:30 a.m. -- Media and attendees arrive on location
- 6:45 a.m. – Gov. Nathan Deal arrives
- 6:45 a.m. -- First horn signals 15-minute alert
- 6:55 a.m. -- Second horn signals 5-minute alert
- 6:55 a.m. -- Deal gives remarks at podium; introduces Devin Simmons and family
- 6:58 a.m. -- Deal invites Devin and family to join him for the countdown
- 6:59 a.m. -- Third horn signals 1-minute alert
- 6:59 a.m. -- 10-second countdown begins; Devin “pulls the plunger” to cue implosion
- 7:00 a.m. -- Implosion
The site will eventually be the new state judicial center.
Before and after...implosion of state archives building in downtown Atlanta pic.twitter.com/nfPbonP0tk— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 5, 2017
What will replace now imploded state archives building pic.twitter.com/sG2xSvAP3x— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 5, 2017
Wow....and like that it's gone!! pic.twitter.com/xgOjL10c3f— Warren Pickard (@APDChevrons) March 5, 2017
My view of the old Georgia Archives implosion. Tremendous. pic.twitter.com/Lp4yxB7hPF— Brett Rosner (@Brosner85) March 5, 2017
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