• Residence hall imploded at Appalachian State Sunday


    BOONE - On Sunday morning Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC imploded Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University.

    The implosion took place at approximately 8 a.m. and a 1,000-foot perimeter was established as a safety precaution.

    The university live streamed the implosion online.

    Demolition experts on site issued a siren warning both five minutes and one minute prior to the implosion.

    The series of blasts and the building’s implosion lasted approximately 12 seconds. Safety measures were taken to contain the dust that followed.

    According to the university, the 11-story residence hall was built in 1974 and housed 132 students. The building was imploded because the cost to renovate Winkler Hall proved to be impractical.

    The site will be analyzed as a potential location for a new residence hall.

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