A controlled explosion demolished the precarious remains of a collapsed apartment building in Miami Sunday night ahead of the imminent arrival of a tropical storm. Within seconds, the remaining 12-story South Champlain towers on Surfside were demolished.
Experts used strategically placed small explosions, using a technique known as “active demolition” that also relies on the force of gravity to demolish the building. The action caused the building to explode in place, collapsing in its immediate surroundings.
Since the hours after the collapse, no one has been found alive. As of Sunday night, 24 people are confirmed dead and 121 are missing. But if the effort does not hamper, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said Elsa may finally be a “blessing in disguise,” speeding up the building’s demolition and making way for larger teams of lifeguards. It can scan nearly a third of the previously inaccessible site, He said. “This demolition will open the whole area wide,” said Burkett, who is still hoping to find survivors.
Here is a sequence of photos of the horrific demolition: