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Astrodome towers come tumbling down in a cloud of dust

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Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
The ramp towers of the Astrodome came tumbling down. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
One of the towers, right in photo, before demolition. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Houston-based Cherry Cos., which handled the demolition, handed out fake dynamite sticks filled with popcorn. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
The demolition begins: Going..... Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Going.... Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Going..... Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Going.... Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Going.... Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Gone in a cloud of dust. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
And a pile of rubble. The concrete will be recycled, officials said. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Onlookers, mainly composed of members of the media and officials, looked on. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
One last look: The Astrodome before the towers were demolished Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
The Astrodome without the towers: Back to its original design. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013
Astrodome towers demolition Dec. 8, 2013

It took only a few seconds Sunday night for three Astrodome ramp towers to come tumbling down. The round cylinders, which were added in the late 1980s to accommodate an expansion of 10,000 seats and luxury suites to keep the then-Houston Oilers from moving to another city (the team eventually left anyway), quickly imploded into a pile of concrete rubble as a group of onlookers watched.

Harris County commissioners had authorized the demolition of the silo-like towers as part of an $8 million cleanup effort to prepare the aging dome for either demolition or preservation.

During the demolition, which went off without a hitch around 9:30 p.m., the Texas Department of Transportation halted traffic on both eastbound and westbound lanes of the South Loop as a precaution.

CultureMap contributing photographer Michelle Watson captured the demolition in these stunning photos.

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