Sunday, August 28, 2011

Keystone Towers Kaput

As of 8 a.m. today, Keystone Towers is no more.

About 750 pounds of dynamite and other explosives were ignited, therefore imploding the abandoned building on Indianapolis' near northeast side.

I had written about Keystone Towers and what it had meant to me before in this blog. For those who'd like to know what I said, please click here.

I had driven by the building Saturday morning because I wanted to see it one last time.

I was surprised; it was a bare skeleton of itself.

All the glass and about 600 tons of steel had already been removed. Some constructions workers were wrapping the building in layers of fabric and chain-link fence to force the building's remains inward during the operation.

I wasn't going to see the implosion in person, even though two public viewing areas had been set up north of the site. I didn't think it was necessary for me to witness it.

Besides, I had seen Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis imploded on July 8, 2001: Just a little more than two months before 9/11. Looking back, it gave me an eerie preview of the falling of the World Trade Center.

Advanced Explosives Demolition, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was in charge of the Keystone Towers implosion, and also for the one at Market Square Arena.

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