Implosion brings down El Paso's old City Hall

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Posted on April 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 5:14 PM

EL PASO — A piece of Texas history vanished in seconds on Sunday.

Workers imploded the former El Paso City Hall following years of fierce debate over whether the 1979 vintage building should be razed.

The decision was make to reduce the 10-story structure to a pile of rubble using 214 pounds of dynamite.

"It was a textbook demolition. It went precisely as planned," said Alan Shubert, a project engineer. Really came off without a hitch."

Well, there was one hitch... the wind blew a cloud of dust directly over observers.

A Triple-A baseball stadium will be built on the site.

City Hall becomes the second El Paso landmark to meet the wrecking ball this weekend. On Saturday morning, twin smokestacks — one of them 828 feet tall — were toppled after years of debate over their fate.

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