30-story building imploded in South Florida

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by CNN

wfaa.com

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 14 at 9:15 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — What goes up must come down, eventually. Sometimes, however, it gets a little help.

Hundreds of people cheered as a 30-story condominium building in south Florida was imploded Sunday morning.

Demolition crews used nearly 3,000 sticks of dynamite to implode the 1515 tower on Flagler Drive.

It was the third-tallest building imploded in the United States.

The 1515 Building was built in 1974, but suffered heavy damages in the 2004 hurricanes. Residents were forced to move out after the storms.

For the past five years, the building has been an eyesore people in the area have been waiting to get rid of.

The demolition got started a little later than planned, when an intruder with a camera showed up in the demolition zone, pretending to be with a television crew.

After police removed the intruder, things went off as planned, and the 30-story building was reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds.

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