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September 2, 2014, 11:40 am
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UPDATE: Remaining Sankey Hi-Rise Tower Is Down


And 8 hours later--the remaining tower of the Sankey Hi-Rise complex came down Tuesday just before 7pm. That was 8 hours after charges were set off to bring the two towers down.

 

The north tower collapsed ten minutes after charges were set, but the south tower remained standing through most of the evening, displacing nearly a dozen families. The next phase will be to clean up the debris.

 

Residents around the site of the Sankey Hi-Rise almost had a long night as demolition crews palnned to continue monitoring the remaining south tower.

 

Jackie Newman with the Springfield Housing Authority says the demolition of the two towers did not go as planned.

 

Omega Demolition Company recommended authorities watch it overnight. The SHA and Omega Demolition Company was ready to help provide overnight arrangements for affected families.

 

Affected families seeking those accommodations can call 217-415-6636.

 

The demolition company says that an exterior wall was kept intact when explosives were being placed and that wall is what’s keeping the building up at this time.

 

There are no hazards from explosives as they were set off at about 10:45 Tuesday morning. The north tower collapsed just before 11am. The south tower came down a few minutes before 7pm Tuesday.

 

The demolition of the Sankey Hi-Rise towers cost $1.7 million.

 

Watch video of the implosion of the north tower here:

 

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