The Champlain Towers South building in Miami-Dade, part of which collapsed on June 24 with a provisional result of 24 deaths, was completely demolished Sunday night. After 10:30 p.m. local time (03,300 GMT on Monday), explosive charges placed in holes drilled in the reinforced concrete structure were detonated and the 12-story building collapsed completely.
According to local media, six muffled explosions were heard echoing through the surrounding empty streets. Some onlookers concentrated in the vicinity to see the demolition were forced by the police to leave the place before the building was demolished. years old and with structural problems detected at least since 2018, it is called “Energetic Felling”.
The operation was commissioned by a Delray Beach company in conjunction with an explosives handling firm, and the state of Florida assumed the cost. According to the Miami Herad newspaper, a woman who lived in the damaged building and survived the collapse of June 24 unsuccessfully tried to get justice to stop the demolition on the grounds that her cat was still in Champlain Towers South.
According to Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, as soon as the place can be safely accessed, the search for victims of the collapse, which was suspended this Saturday for the demolition preparations, will resume. Today there are 121 people in the building who have not been located after the collapse, which occurred suddenly for reasons not yet determined.
The demolition was necessary to prevent the structure still standing, which was unstable, from being demolished uncontrollably by the rains and winds associated with tropical storm Elsa, which after passing through Cuba is expected to reach the Florida Keys on Monday and then head to the west coast of the state.
According to Daniella Levine Cava, once the building is demolished, rescuers will be able to access areas of the garage where until now it was not possible for fear of another collapse. In the area of the building, a shelter was set up for residents who wanted to be there during the demolition. Those who decided to stay at home during the demolition had to close windows and doors and cover all possible air intakes and could not go out into the streets for a few hours.