Cool video by Express-News photographer Jerry Lara capturing the Ocean Tower implosion at South Padre Island. You can really get a sense of what it’s like to be in the crowd as charges explode in the distance and a building collapses.
According to Lynn Brezosky’s story, the Ocean Tower condos were doomed by shifting clay in the ground, and the unfinished structure was the tallest reinforced-concrete building that’s ever been demolished with explosives:
“The eyes of the engineering world were on this project,” said Mark Loizeaux, who as president of Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. has brought down thousands of buildings, including the Kingdome in Seattle.
“There were actually engineering firms that said CDI can’t do this. That of course puts a smile on my face.”