Demolition crews used dynamite to bring down a seven-story building and other parts of the city-owned grain mill at a former ConAgra site along the Huron river Sunday afternoon in the lakeshore town. The decades-old facility is being torn down to make way for something new.
Huron City Manager Andy White said in a statement leading up to the event that he was excited about cleaning up the site and kicking off a new phase of development for the area.
Residents were invited to view the collapse, and a fireworks show that preceded it, from a safe distance. Some bundled up in the cold to watch from a boat basin and a special viewing area. Those watching from a yacht club inside the safety perimeter wore yellow hard hats.
They whistled and cheered during the thundering pop-pop-pop of dynamite blasts that essentially dropped the building down a few levels from its previous height so it can be further torn apart.