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Winkler Hall dorm on the campus of Appalachian State University was imploded early morning on June 1. First, a five-minute siren and then a one-minute siren were sounded before the final countdown and detonation. The scene above shows the dorm falling to its final resting place in roughly 12 seconds.

Photos by ROB MOORE

Originally published: 2014-06-03 20:07:03
Last modified: 2014-06-03 20:07:47

Winkler Dorm settles in the dust

by Anna Oakes

The demolition of an Appalachian State University building Sunday was the talk of the town, with the blast heard and felt miles away and videos of the event going viral online.

ASU last year decided to demolish the 11-story building, which was built in 1974 and housed 132 students. The university initially planned to renovate Winkler's apartment-style suites into traditional dorm rooms for increased capacity, but construction bids came in $5 million higher than anticipated.

Hundreds of spectators gathered outside of a 1,000-foot safety zone established by the contractors prior to the 8 a.m. implosion on Sunday. A siren warning was issued five minutes and one minute prior to the implosion.

A video of the implosion captured by Watauga Democrat Universal Desk Production Manager Rob Moore reached more than 102,000 people on Facebook and was shared 864 times as of presstime Tuesday. View the video at ASU streamed a live webcast of the event, with two angles for viewing.

ASU said the site will be analyzed as a potential location for a new residence hall.