The collapsed Surfside apartment was demolished, and 121 locations remain unaccounted for


South Florida officials demolished an apartment building that collapsed 10 days ago, killing 24 people. The demolition work on Sunday occurred in the collapse of June 24, and 121 people and many pets were still missing.

The demolition on Sunday night (Independence Day) took place after the search and rescue mission was fighting heat, humidity, and the upcoming tropical storm or hurricane, which could further complicate matters.

The demolition took place at about 10:30 p.m. EST on Sunday night, and holes were drilled in the pillars of the remaining pillars in Champlain Tannan, Surfside. The explosion caused smoke to fill the sultry air of South Florida.

This is a view of demolition.

About five seconds of video:

Another view after 4 seconds of video:

Tropical Storm Elsa will approach southern Cuba on Sunday night and is expected to bypass the west coast of Florida, completely missing the Miami metropolitan area. But in South Florida, they knew that these storms could undergo unexpected changes, which is why officials decided to cancel the search and destroy the tower.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkert said on Saturday: “Our concern is that the hurricane may destroy this building for us-and push it in the wrong direction, where we have victims. “

The remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Tower South apartment complex was subjected to controlled demolition on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The officials decided to demolish the rest of the building due to the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa and fear that the structure might collapse in an uncontrolled manner. As the search and rescue work continued, more than one hundred people were missing.
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Once the site is declared safe and can be re-entered and resumed search and removal, the mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniela Levin Kava, said they will continue to search.

Levin Kava said on Saturday: “We will start searching and rescue any sections of road that are safe to enter as soon as the cleanup is complete.”

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