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August 22, 2014, 10:44 am
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City Awaits Collapse of South Sankey Tower After North Tower Came Down


The demolition of the two Sankey Hi-Rise towers went off ... with a hitch.  That hitch was a brick wall that kept one of the buildings from falling in on itself, according to officials.

 

Sankey Hi-Rise South Tower Alone After Collapse of North Tower
Sankey Hi-Rise South Tower Alone After Collapse of North Tower

Demolition crews set off a series of explosives just after 10:45 Tuesday morning. About ten minutes after the explosions, the north tower came down on its own footprint.

 

As for the south tower, over three hours later the tower still stands. Crews are using various methods to initiate the collapse, including a water cannon.

 

Officials with the project say that they expect the tower to come down, it's just a matter of when.

 

Since the south tower has not collapsed, area residents are being kept from the area until the structure is brought down.

 

The towers were built in the late 1960s and opened to the public through the Springfield Housing Authority in the early 1970s. It cost SHA $1.7 million to complete the demolition.

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