Posted at: 06/28/2013 4:50 PM
Updated at: 06/30/2013 8:24 AM
By: Jennie Olson
A planned implosion of a high-rise dormitory at Minnesota State University-Mankato went smoothly Saturday.
The 12-story towers of the Gage Residence Community were imploded at 9:30 a.m. Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the buildings come down. First an announcer counted down, and then a series of blasts could be heard. At first nothing happened, but a second or two later the towers began to collapse inward.
In about 12 seconds the building was reduced to rubble, and a huge dust plume expanded in a cloud.
The site will be redeveloped for parking. Two new buildings have already replaced the dormitory after the university decided it was cheaper to build new, more modern on-campus housing than rehabilitate the old complex.
School officials estimate the Gage Towers were home to more than 50,000 students since they opened in 1965. The complex closed last August after the Minnesota Vikings' training camp.
Watch the Chopper 5 aerial view of the implosion here.
Hear from Vikings legends Bud Grant, Alan Page and others on what Gage Hall meant to them: click here.
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