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Those in charge of Genesee Towers implosion are satisfied


(12/22/13) - Those who were in charge of the implosion say they're very happy with the way things turned out.

"On a scale of 1-10, it's a 10," said Steve Pettigrew, the chief demolition manager for Contract Drilling and Blasting.

Part of the rubble ended up in Harrison Street and next to the former Flint Journal building, but that was the plan to keep it away from the Mott Foundation Building.

"We had to move it to the east and the south. That's where it was supposed to go, right exactly where it was supposed to go," Pettigrew said.

"It's amazing to walk around the site right after it happened and see that you had the parameters you expected," said David Lurvey, project manager.

The freezing rain didn't affect the demolition, but the high humidity caused concern.

"The air was real damp and heavy today and you worry about concussion because of a lot of air movement. We caught two windows. That's not bad, two windows," Pettigrew said.

"It went to the ground. It was just surreal. I won't lie. I was watching those perimeter buildings more than I was watching it fall," Lurvey said.

For the next few days, they'll be assessing, looking for damage. Clean up probably won't start until after the holidays.

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