BETHLEHEM, PA (CBS) – Martin Tower has disappeared. Dynamite crashed the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel on Sunday at 7:03 clock. The implosion shook parts of the Lehigh Valley, those who said it was louder than they thought, and felt it in their feet.
The legendary 21-story Martin Tower on the 8th and Eaton lasted only 15 seconds Avenues crash down leaving a cloud of dust in the air.
The crew destroyed the empty building with an explosive weight of 485 pounds.
It was a spectacle that the community did not want to miss and that attracted some people.
The reign of the building ended after almost 50 years. The Martin Tower was the largest building in the Lehigh Valley since its opening in 1
"It represents production in the United States that is now gone," said Doug Achui of Bethlehem. 19659002] Edmund Martin, after whom the building was named, joined Bethlehem Steel in 1922 and built the ranks, making Bethlehem a force in the industry.
"This is a company that built the Golden State Bridge and launched ships throughout the world. World War II," said Robert Bilheimer, former general director of public affairs at Bethlehem Steel.
Some inhabitants were sad when they asked themselves what would take their place.
"I spent a lot of time here when I was younger, a lot of good memories," said Chelsea Kaufman, "I hope they make something out of it. "
The project manager Duane Wagner and his team took over the building in 2006 and planned the construction of retail, office and residential buildings.
] For the time being, the city will begin its clean-up work when a new chapter is prepared.
Crystal Cranmore of CBS3 contributed to this report.