Georgia Archives building in rubble after implosion

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.

[Nov. 8, 2014: Crews implode 19-story DeKalb County hotel with help from 4-year-old superhero]

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.


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.

Georgia Archives building in rubble after implosion

⚰️ R.I.P. old Georgia Archives building. Georgia's "White Ice Cube" took less than a minute to melt into nothingness.

Posted by WSB-TV on Sunday, March 5, 2017
Georgia Archives building implosion

💥 UPDATE: The old Georgia Archives building is officially rubble! _________________________ 💥 UPDATE: Any minute now, everyone! Gov. Governor Nathan Deal will start the countdown shortly! _________________________ 💥 DEMOLITION TIME! The old Georgia Archives building will be imploded at 7 a.m.

Posted by WSB-TV on Sunday, March 5, 2017