Remaining south tower demolished at 10:28 p.m.

Remaining south tower demolished at 10:28 p.m.

The Champlain Towers South condo building, with a loud bang and an almost silent collapse, was demolished Sunday at 10:28 p.m. 

A large cloud of dust billowed over Harding Avenue soon after the demolition and fire truck sirens were heard in the vicinity. In the area directly surrounding the site, dust reduced disability greatly.

While officials earlier in the day had said there was no specific time for the implosion, giving a timetable of between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., it was clear it was close to happening around 10:15 p.m. That’s when police cruisers with loudspeakers drove through the shelter-in-place zone surrounding the Surfside condominium site, advising all residents to remain inside their homes.

The still standing part of  Champlain Towers South Is imploded Sunday night, July 4, 2021.

At 10:28 p.m., three horns in succession were sounded. About a minute later, there was the sound of loud cracking explosives … and then the building collapsed in on itself, as planned.

On top of a Ryder truck about 15 yards from an area hotel, three first responders, either police or fire rescue, cheered. 

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The smoke and dust that billowed from the site cleared within about 15-20 minutes.

The rubble pile where search-and-rescue crews were working the past 11 days was covered with a tarp prior to the implosion.

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