On Monday, the Georgia Dome, one of the largest domed stadiums in the United States, was demolished. It took about 5,000 pounds of explosives and 15 seconds to wipe about 25 years of history from the Atlanta landscape.
The structure was opened in 1992 and was home to 1,400 events, including a pair of Super Bowls and the 1996 Olympic Games. People gathered around the city to watch the demolition.
During the blast, it took about 12 seconds for all of the explosives to fire, and another three seconds for the grandstands to hit the ground.
The Georgia Dome sat incredibly close to its replacement, the $1.5-billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Some wondered how the crew would safely bring down the dome without risking the structural integrity of the new stadium that was a little more than 80 feet away. To prevent any rogue debris, crews erected a 50-foot tall curtain to catch anything headed in the wrong direction. After all, the Falcons play on Sunday and workers want to make sure that they didn't blast out a few windows or a wall before kickoff.
The 29-story Georgia dome has a concrete ring that wraps around the roof that is nearly a half-mile long. It posed a unique challenge that could only be solved by implosion. After two years of planning and prep work, workers drilled 3,000 carefully placed holes that were filled with 4,800 pounds of explosives.
The implosion went without a hitch, but it might be a bit dusty in Atlanta for the next few days.