New York building demolition is colorful fireworks implosion

ALBANY, N.Y. (NBC/WNYT) — Building implosions are always fascinating to watch, but one demolition company in New York put on a show that looked more like a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. The crew spent three weeks planting explosives in the old 11-story hotel building in Downtown Albany.

The demolition on Saturday began with fireworks off the roof, signaling that the implosion was about to begin. It was then followed by a series of charges along the side of the building that created clouds of red, blue and yellow smoke — forming the shape of the initials “J” and “J” for the name of the demolition company.

And then, the rest of the explosives were detonated — setting off bursts of fire and different colors of smoke. Finally, the building came crashing down almost a minute later.

The rubble will be cleared to make way for Albany’s new $66 million convention center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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