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Mon May 20, 2019, 04:21 AM

Defunct steelmaker's 21-story headquarters imploded

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world headquarters.

Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the area’s tallest building, a 21-story monolith that opened at the height of Bethlehem Steel’s power and profitability but had stood vacant for a dozen years after America’s second-largest steelmaker went out of business.

Explosives took out Martin Tower’s steel supports and crumpled the 47-year-old building, which had earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places despite its relatively young age. The implosion, which took 16 seconds, created a thick plume of dust that lingered for several minutes.

Tyler Kent, whose father worked at Bethlehem Steel for 46 years and raised 11 children, said his “heart stopped” as he watched the building fall. His father and other relatives took pride in working at the industrial behemoth that armed the U.S. military and helped shape skylines across the country.

Read more: http://www.vindy.com/news/2019/may/19/defunct-steelmakers-21-story-headquarters-imploded/?nw
(Youngstown Vindicator)


Photo by Associated Press | Martin Tower, former world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, implodes Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Bethlehem, Pa. Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the area's tallest building, a 21-story monolith that opened at the height of Bethlehem Steel's power and profitability but had stood vacant for a dozen years after America's second-largest steelmaker went out of business.

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TexasTowelie May 2019 OP
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 06:41 AM

1. Send the picture to Trump.....

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 08:00 AM

2. I misunderstood the headline.

I thought it meant that something had gone wrong with the old tower, not that a demolition crew had taken it down.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 08:21 AM

3. A Lehigh Valley Icon

I've driven past that old building a thousand times. My wife and I heard the blast from our home 10 miles away!

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Response to Hangdog Slim (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2019, 02:03 PM

4. I heard it too

I'm a little further than that, and I thought it was a loud roll of thunder. Then, I looked at the clock and realized what it was.

Welcome to DU from another Lehigh Valley resident.

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