Monday marked the end of an era for the city of Atlanta with the implosion of the Georgia Dome, but the occasion wouldn't have been complete without a very Atlanta moment. This morning the Georgia World Congress Center Authority set off 5,000 lbs. of explosives to implode the Georgia Dome, the former home of the Atlanta Falcons.
The sound of the implosion could be heard all over Intown as the 25-year-old stadium collapsed.
Just like the Falcons to not be able to finish. A vast debris cloud hovered over the site before slowly drifting across downtown.
The Home Depot Backyard should be open and ready for the Atlanta Falcons' next football season in the fall of 2018.
Demolition officials say they used an industrial strength curtain between the dome and the new $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium to protect it from damage. Only 83 feet less than 30 yards separates the two venues, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Still, in the modern sports era, building a new stadium is the way to guarantee major events coming to your city.
Several streets and parts of Atlantas transit system were closed, police said, to accommodate the blast and spectators.
The stadium hosted over 1000 events including the basketball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics and it was the second-largest completely covered stadium on the planet when it was built. She also proceeded to "sincerely apologize" in the tweet below.