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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.

  6 Responses to “Qwest Building Implosion Phoenix AZ”

  1. great shots. Where were you situated?

  2. Very cool. I’ve never seen one.

  3. Re. Image # 4: Looks like security (in orange shirts) caught a live one.

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