Ever wonder what five thousand pounds of explosives can do? If placed carefully by experts, they can take out an entire stadium!
Thousands gathered – from a safe distance- in nearby offices, on rooftops and parking lots to watch (and hear) the destruction of the stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, numerous high school football state championships, 1996 Olympic basketball, three Final Four NCAA basketball tournaments, and countless concerts.
We will miss you Georgia Dome! 😢😢 pic.twitter.com/f2SJSgmkHB
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) November 20, 2017
The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta cost $214 million to build in 1992, and was demolished Monday in twelve seconds of controlled explosives blasts, plus three seconds to settle. The site will become a hotel; fans still have a place to watch the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, in the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium right next door, with a retractable roof that opens like a camera lens and an 1,100-foot “halo board” video display.
Here’s another angle:
Because winds were so light, dust from the explosion settled over the city didn’t disperse right away, and was actually visible from space;
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) November 20, 2017