Historic Detroit Hotel Implodes in Seconds to Make Way for Arena

A 13-story historic hotel that stood for 90 years in Detroit was reduced to rubble in less than a minute on Saturday.
It took about 15 seconds for the one-time Park Avenue Hotel to come crashing down after the first of the charges could be heard going off. Officials said 200lbs of dynamite were used to bring down the structure, which was built in the 1920s. The implosion was part of Olympia Development’s ongoing construction project that will bring a new hockey arena and entertainment district to an area north of downtown. The $450m, 20,000-seat arena is expected to open in 2017. The NHL’s Red Wings currently play at Joe Louis Arena, which has been around since 1979.