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Scott Towers reduced to rubble in Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -

A high-rise building that stood for over four decades in downtown Greenville was reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds Sunday.

Crews set off more than 400 pounds of dynamite inside Scott Towers along Augusta Street at 9:30 a.m., reducing the 14-story building into a 30 foot pile of ruins in less than 30 seconds.

The 14-story building closed in March 2013 after it was determined repairs would cost the Greenville Housing Authority too much.

Crews set up a 600-foot safety perimeter and evacuated residents and businesses within that zone.

Crews also closed down several roads in the immediate area, but all have been reopened.

After the Towers fell, crews began power washing homes and buildings that lie within 100 feet of the demolition site to rid them of dust generated by the implosion.

Click here to read more about how the demolished building will be used for disaster training by local and regional agencies.

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