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Georgia Dome Imploded in Blast Seen From Space

Georgia Dome Imploded in Blast Seen From Space

The Georgia Dome is destroyed in a scheduled implosion next to its replacement the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, right, Monday in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 11:33 AM

The Georgia Dome was imploded Monday morning in Atlanta, reducing to rubble the only facility that had hosted an Olympics, Super Bowl, and Final Four. The blast could be seen from space.

The home of the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons lost its main tenant when the football team moved into the new Mercedes Benz Stadium next door this year. The area where the dome used to stand will be used for a new hotel, parking lot and green space, CNN reported.

NASA tweeted that the explosion was captured by a weather satellite this morning.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that more than 300 pounds of explosives collapsed the steel in the upper ring and about 4,500 pounds of dynamite was intended to crumble the concrete columns of the stadium.

But two sections of the Georgia Dome's outside walls proved too tough for dynamite, leaving it to be mechanically demolished, Rick Cuppelitti, executive vice president of lead demolition contractor Adamo Group, told the AJC.

"We have to investigate whether the charges (in those sections) went off," Cuppelitti told the Journal-Constitution. "If the charges went off, it's not going to take much at all (to knock the walls down)."

Over the past 25 years, the Georgia Dome had built a diverse and impressive sports legacy. It hosted the men's and women's basketball competition and gymnastics competition during the 1996 Summer Olympics, noted WSB-TV.

The stadium hosted Super Bowl XXVIII when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV when the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in 2000. It also hosted NCAA Final Four championship games in 2002, 2007, and 2013, per WSB-TV.

Fans said good-bye to the Georgia Dome on Twitter.

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