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Demo doesn't go as planned

By Alex Davis |

Published 10/22 2013 05:35PM

Updated 10/23 2013 12:11PM

Update: 10:12 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- The explosion didn't go as planned, but the work is finally done. Crews blew up the old Sankey high-rise.

But the implosion fell short. The north tower stood for about 15-minutes before coming down. The south tower didn't budge.

Firefighters' sprayed it with water, hoping the added weight would help it collapse. Four hours later, the structure finally gave way.

On its way down, however, the debris knocked out power in the area. Neighbors were evacuated as a precaution, but were allowed back home once power was restored.
Original: 5:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- You may have heard an explosion early Tuesday, but there's little to show for it. Crews blew up the old Sankey high-rise.

The twin, 14-story towers are being torn down to make room for new low-income housing, but the north tower stood strong in the implosion, holding on for about 15 minutes before collapsing. At last check, the south tower is still standing.

People living about a block away were evacuated as a precaution. A few people won't be allowed back home at this point because crews are not sure when or where the second tower will fall. Crews are spraying it with water, hoping it will come down.

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