Landmark Houston department store imploded

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Posted on September 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 12:42 PM

HOUSTON — After 65 years, a Houston landmark is no more.

The old Macy’s building, formerly Foley’s, was demolished in an implosion Sunday morning in downtown Houston.

The implosion had been planned for months, and a nine-block perimeter safety zone was set up to ensure that no one would be injured by the blast.

Adjacent properties took precautions earlier in the week for the implosion by nailing up plywood to protect everything from windows to artwork.

Rail service downtown was suspended at 9 p.m. Friday, but could be up and running again as early as Monday morning.

If service is not ready for Monday morning commuters in time, buses will be provided to help people get around.

As for the implosion itself, officials said on Friday that they were not concerned about dust. As of 10 a.m., a thin cloud of dust remained over the site and could be seen from the surrounding freeways.

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