Qwest Building Implosion Phoenix AZ

Three Towers Imploding
Three Towers Imploding

Getting to see and photograph a building implosion is so much better than seeing one on TV! It was seriously kewl!

People gathered early on a otherwise quiet Sunday morning to witness the first bulding implosion in Phoenix, Arizona in over 30 years.

VIP Only Section
VIP Only Section

On this super sunny Sunday morning, the media one-ring circus was roped off for the VIP  dignitaries such as this petite attendee in her ‘dressed for the occasion’ sun dress.

Helicopter Circling the Implosion Site
Helicopter Circling the Implosion Site

Security helicopters were circling around,  and the various local news helicopters took up stationary positions.

Photographer Lee Root Entertains a Select Group of Onlookers
Photographer Lee Root Entertains a Select Group of Onlookers

The dignitaries seemed enthusiastic.

Everyone Was Excited
Everyone Was Excited

People staked out their viewing positions. Here, the grinning lad gets a bit of extra viewing height.

The Qwest Building Before Implosion
The Qwest Building Before Implosion

The skin and much of the material had been removed, leaving the steel and concrete. The asbestos was also said to be removed prior to demolition. So they said.

Just Beginning to Implode
Just Beginning to Implode

About 10 minutes after the scheduled time, the detonations began like rapid fire cannon bursts. The building appeared to hang for a couple of seconds before the top began to collapse.

The Top of the Qwest Building Collapsing
The Top of the Qwest Building Collapsing
Detail of the Implosion
Detail of the Implosion
Three Towers Imploding
Three Towers Imploding
The Dust Cloud Coming at Us
The Dust Cloud Coming at Us
The Dust Cloud Hits - Photo by Lee Root
The Dust Cloud Hits - Photo by Lee Root
The Most Prepared Onlooker
The Most Prepared Onlooker
A Thumbs Up in the Dust Cloud
A Thumbs Up in the Dust Cloud
The Building Remains Felled by Implosion
The Building Remains Felled by Implosion

I’m working on a small movie of the event, but until then, enjoy these images cropped from hi-res still photos.

Author: P U

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