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Georgia Dome destroyed in controlled explosion – Video

The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, one of the US’s largest domed stadiums, has been reduced to rubble in a controlled explosion.

Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to demolish the Georgia Dome. Watch the video here.

The venue was the home stadium for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and the Georgia State University Panthers football team.

After a little more than 25 years in service, the Georgia Dome sports stadium was flattened in just 15 seconds.

The Atlanta stadium, which was completed in March 1992, hosted one Olympics, two Super Bowls, and three NCAA Final Fours. It was demolished to make room for a pre-game gathering space for the brand-new $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which includes the 71,250-seat dome, had said it would take 12 seconds for the explosives to go off plus another three seconds for sections of grandstands to hit the ground.

The explosives went off in a spiral around the stadium as it collapsed on itself. A vast debris cloud hovered over the site before slowly drifting across downtown.