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Crowd expected to view implosion of Genesee Towers

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(12/20/13) - Sunday's implosion of Genesee Towers is bringing out both a wave of nostalgia and excitement, especially for those who live in downtown Flint.

Even three days before the big blast, a party-like atmosphere is starting to build, and quite a crowd is expected to view the implosion in person on Sunday.

For many around Mid-Michigan, Sunday's implosion will be a "must-see" event - one that despite requests from the city, will be a happening that they plan to experience in person.

"I want to hear the boom. I want to feel the boom," said Kathleen Gazall, Downtown Flint resident.

"It's not often that you get to see a large building imploded. It's going to be exciting, dangerous, fun," said Rob McCullough, Downtown Flint resident.

People have been dropping by the Towers at all hours to take a last look. Uptown Reinvestment Corporation and the Genesee County Health Department are asking people to stay away Sunday and watch the implosion on TV. Residents will have to move outside the evacuation zone by 8 a.m., but many plan to turn this historic happening into a celebration.

"Everybody is. I've even heard of fundraisers and viewing parties. It's going to be a huge event. Everybody's going to come around this. It's been a staple downtown," McCullough said.

Not everyone plans to stick around, though.

"I'm getting out of here. They do have a party set up for the tenants to be able to view it from down the street, but I don't think my little one will hang out too well there, so we're just going to go to grandma's house and we'll watch it from there," said Julie Lock, Downtown Flint resident.

Gazall lives and works downtown. Her brother's architecture firm, Gazall-Lewis, arranged for construction workers to put a Christmas Tree in place, early in the week.

"It reflects an end of an era and the beginning of another one. Progress. The city is moving forward, and once that building comes down, anything is possible - and it's pretty. You just look at it, and it's adorable," she said.

If you do plan to come downtown for the implosion, Uptown says the area right near the Riverfront Residence Hall is the safest place to be.

You can watch the implosion live on ABC12 and ABC12.com, Sunday morning. It's scheduled to happen right at 10 a.m.

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