When The Walls Come Tumblin' Down


(WOWT) -- The implosion of Cather and Pound residential hall complex came off without a hitch Friday morning. Now comes the cleanup.

The dorm halls on the University of Nebraska's campus fell into a cloud of dust at 9 a.m.

Explosives were prepared and placed at key positions on various structure levels. In order to make the demolition safer, walls and windows were taken out to create a softer collapse.

The buildings came down because there is asbestos and because they no longer offer up-to-date living conditions.

All 13 stories of Cather Hall and Pound Hall were knocked down via the controlled implosion.

Both dorms were used for overflow in recent years as the demand for student housing exceeded expectations.

The string of explosions popped and the buildings fell into dust.

A crowd of onlookers watched in a designated area and erupted into cheers and applause as the structure toppled into the earth. Cleanup and site restoration are expected to continue through July, 2018.


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