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Greenville's Scott Towers set to implode today

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Scott Towers is ready for its implosion. (Jan. 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Scott Towers is ready for its implosion. (Jan. 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The safety perimeter that will be in place Sunday morning. (Source: City of Greenville) The safety perimeter that will be in place Sunday morning. (Source: City of Greenville)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Sunday, a high-rise building that stood for decades will fall to the ground in less than 20 seconds.

Crews have readied Scott Towers along Augusta Street for its demolition and will implode the building with more than 400 pounds of dynamite Sunday at 9:30 a.m. 

While the implosion is expected to only take 12 seconds, FOX Carolina will stream the demolition live here.

The 14-story building has been closed since March 2013 after it was determined repairs would cost the Greenville Housing Authority too much.

Construction and emergency crews have prepared the building for its demolition and want to ensure the public is aware of road closures and a safety zone in place for Sunday's destruction.

Anyone who may attend a church or plans to go downtown between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. will need to find alternate routes, including along Augusta Street.

Starting at 7 a.m., authorities will set up a 600-foot safety perimeter and will evacuate residents and businesses within that zone. No one will be allowed within the area until the following roads are opened back up: 

  • Augusta Street at Harris Street
  • Claussen Avenue at Howe Street
  • Thruston Street at Howe Street
  • McHan Street at Howe Street
  • McHan Street at Haynie Street
  • Augusta Street at Haynie Street
  • Dunbar Street at Burns Street
  • Dunbar Street at Dean Street

Project officials are also concerned about the dust produced from the implosion. They said it could spread as far 300 feet away depending on the winds.

Because there are homes within 100 feet of the tower, officials said they have created a clean-up plan to pressure wash any buildings affected. Additionally, crews have wrapped the first few stories of the tower in plastic to try to contain the dust.

Click here to read more about how the demolished building will be used for disaster training by local and regional agencies.

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