The Fay Street Warehouse in Utica is no more. The building was imploded and came down in clouds of smoke. Its destruction is part of the North South Arterial Expansion Project. Our Alana LaFlore tells us what the blast means for the future of Utica.
UTICA, N.Y. -- After a quick series of booms, it was all over. It took almost 500 pounds of dynamite to implode the Fay Street warehouse in Utica. It was a cold morning but people still came out to see the building fall. For their safely, they had to stand at least 1,000 feet away.
People living within 500 feet of the warehouse had to be gone by 4 a.m. Most made arrangements to stay with friends and family to avoid being evacuated by police in the early morning. Roads and highways around the warehouse were blocked off from the public.
The destruction went off almost as planned, but some debris did fall onto the viaduct.
"There is this one particular area where it did some to rest against the outside beam," said Jack Williams of the Department of Transportation. "So that will be something the inspectors will be paying really close attention to. There's a couple spots where the bridge railing has been damaged so we'll be getting after that and repairing that as well."
National Grid inspected for gas leaks after the blast. Engineers and work crews continue to survey the area to make sure surrounding roads and overpasses are safe.
Like many area residents, the Mayor looked at the implosion's bigger picture.
"A new highway. A new Nano Utica. A new redevelopment of the city of Utica. It's a great time for our city," said Robert Palmierei.
Mayor Palmierei commended the police, fire department, public works and the DOT for all working together to make the implosion happen safely.
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Fay Street warehouse in Utica implodes
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