ATLANTA - It wasn't as big an explosion as the first, but the second blast got the job done at the Georgia Dome early Wednesday morning.
In front of a small group of onlookers (and no MARTA bus in sight), right at 1 a.m., the East Wall of the Dome came tumbling down. Parts of the B Gate on Northside Drive again failed to fall. Construction equipment could be seen afterward working to finish the job.
When the Dome was imploded last month, two sections didn't fall. So officials had what they call a "supplemental implosion". They decided to do the second round in the middle of the night to reduce the impact on MARTA, traffic and nearby businesses. However, MARTA still had to suspend rail service from Five Points to Vine City starting at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with buses taking up the load. A few streets also were closed for about 1/2 hour.
The late-night implosion was much smaller than the first. Crews used 300 pounds of explosives rather than the initial round of 5,000 pounds. Unlike the fanfare surrounding the first implosion, which included numerous dignitaries, this time the only officials in sight were police directing traffic. Crowds watching was also much smaller, possibly due to the steady rain that fell when the East Wall tumbled.
The Dome will eventually be replaced by green space and parking for the next door Mercedes-Benz Stadium.