Officials test dynamite for Sunday's Fay Street Warehouse implosion

By Gary Liberatore

(WKTV) - If you were anywhere near the Fay Street Warehouse in Utica on Friday morning at 7:30, or even a half a mile away from it, you may have heard a big "boom."

The demolition crew from Dykon Explosive Demolition out of Tulsa, Okla., blew up one of the many pillars in the building Friday morning to determine the amount of dynamite needed to bring the building down on Sunday.

Crew member Ron Gilbert says the amount of dynamite used Friday is the correct amount that will be put into each of the nearly 100 pillars.  He says the destruction of the one pillar on Friday is exactly what the crew was looking for.

"You've got the fragmentation we've been looking for, now we know what the loading factor is, now we know precisely, because every building, every structure is different," Gilbert said.

Gilbert says the columns in the building that will be blown up have all been numbered, and they will fall in that sequence.

"They're going to fire 500 milliseconds apart, so when you're watching this thing, you're going to hear 'boom, boom , boom,' at 500-millisecond intervals.  You're going to wonder, what's happening, then in eight seconds, the building really starts to rock and roll like this one did (this morning), as those delays fire."

Dykon Explosive Demolition has imploded many buildings in its 40 years of existence, including Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, in 2010, and Ridges Hotel in Dohar, Qatar, in the Middle East, also in 2010.

You can see these and other Dykon explosions on the company's website.

Gilbert says there is a 500-foot rule.  No one can be within 500 feet of the building when it implodes, and only workers will be within 1,000 feet. Everyone else will be outside the lines, so to speak.

New York State Department of Transportation Region 2 Spokesman Jim Piccola says it's best if people just stay home and watch the implosion on TV.

"Especially with this cold weather, I think the best thing is for people to stay home, watch it on their TV in the nice and warm comfort of their home," Piccola said. "We're going to have the roadblocks up, so anywhere within 1,000 feet, you're not going to be able to get any nearer to the building."

The implosion is set for 7 a.m. Sunday morning and you can watch all of the action live during a one-hour live broadcast of the event on NewsChannel 2, starting at 6:30 a.m.

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