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Going, going, gone:
Florida hotel destroyed in six seconds

implosion February 21, 1998
Web posted at: 9:01 p.m. EST (0201 GMT)

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) -- Thousands of onlookers were having a blast -- literally -- as they watched the destruction of the Robert Meyer Hotel in downtown Jacksonville Saturday.

The 39-year-old building was imploded to make way for a new federal courthouse.

About five minutes before the blast, police helicopters warned off a man in an ultra-light plane who'd gotten too close and too low.

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Then, after a 10-second countdown, it took just six seconds for the 21-story hotel to come crashing to the ground in a huge dust cloud.

CNN affiliate WAWS contributed to this report


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