As we mentioned previously, the abandoned Zip Feed Mill, the tallest structure in South Dakota, was scheduled for demolition to make way for a new office building.
Today was the day, and a bunch of us, along with one of the local news crews, got together on top of Gadgetopia World Headquarters to watch it go down. The demolition plan called for the explosives to be detonated on the eastern base of the building, causing the structure to collapse into an empty area to the east.
At 12:55, a raffle winner pushed the button, the explosives lit off, and a sound like a thunderclap signalled the end of a Sioux Falls landmark…
…or at least the first two stories of it. The old mill came from a time when men were men, women were women, and concrete, apparently, was very solid. At the explosion, the building fell around thirty feet and started to lean east, but stopped dead in its tracks, settled into its foundation like a mug in a cupholder.
Demolition crews will likely start in with wrecking balls on Monday to finish the job.
Local station KELO has a video of the explosion online, but, sadly, it’s abit anticlimatic.