Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Ka Boom!

Everyone loves fireworks. Explosions and Implosions. At least once a month the network news casts have video of Buildings coming down to make way for a new development. I have had such assignments before. But until this weekend I had not experienced an implosion from the air.
There is a block on the down town east side of Vancouver that at one time used to be the center of the retail business here. It was the Woodward's buildings. The department store was long gone before I moved here. But folks who remember have fond memories of the place. The buildings have been vacant for some years and the area has become well, run down is a bit of an understatement. The long and short of it is the buildings are on valuable real estate and developers want to build new.
Saturday was the big day and I wanted to share some frame grabs of the Implosion.

A shot from Chopper 9 moments before the plunger

This shot is at the exact moment the first of a series of detonations took out the supports of the main structure, If you look closely you can see the orange glow of the blast in the right middle of the frame.

The two buildings begin their collapse

With the two nearly down, the third begins its destruction

Clearly in this frame grab, you can see the third building taking it's final bow

A curtain of dust and debris rise up from the blast site

In this final shot, the dust cloud begins to move to the west and with that the buildings are now a memory

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