Video: Explosion of colour during demolition

Wellington Hotel Annex goes up in all difference colours of smoke

Albany experienced Iits own colourful demolition as the 11-storey Wellington Hotel Annex building was imploded.

The land will be used for a new convention center.

The building took about 55 seconds to implode and there was quite the show as each round of detonations let off different colours of smoke.

The demolition came after three weeks of preparing the site and several days of planting the explosives.

“The amount of explosives is very small. Many people think we're blowing up a building. We're merely disrupting the building's ability to stand up on its own. We take a small quantity of explosives, place them in the centre of the column, when that goes off, it disrupts that column and it is gravity that takes the building down, it does all the work,” explained Jim Santoro of Controlled Demolition, Inc.

Many of the nearby buildings were covered up with protective wrap.

A number of road closures and parking restrictions were in place for a few hours before and after the demolition.



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