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6:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Palace Hotel Implodes To Make Way For University Medical Center

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has a front-row seat for the implosion. Three photos follow of the blast and aftermath.
Erin Krall

Only rubble remains of the old Palace Hotel in New Orleans. State officials say the implosion of the 17-story building next to I-10 went as scheduled.

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Pallas Hotel Implosion
1:00 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

As planned, hotel imploded in New Orleans

A 17-story hotel was imploded on Sunday after months of delay.

The old Pallas Hotel on Canal Street was blown up at 8 a.m. with 400 tons of explosives, creating a huge plume of smoke. State officials say the demolition went smoothly but inspections continue.

The city closed several streets and Interstate 10 before and after the demolition.

The demolition took place to make way for the new University Medical Center, a hospital being built to replace the old Charity Hospital, which was closed after Hurricane Katrina.

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Hotel Implosion
8:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

State will move residents before Sunday implosion

State officials say they will send buses to the Iberville public housing development to move residents before Sunday's planned implosion of a former hotel near.

The Times-Picayune reports some residents worried that the implosion, planned for Sunday morning, would shower the development with dust.

Iberville's 400 households are not required to evacuate but "out of an abundance of caution," officials will move residents with respiratory issues from the complex Sunday morning, said Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the state's Division of Administration.

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Building Implosion
12:51 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Residents worry about dust from pending implosion

Public housing residents near a 17-story hotel slated to be imploded Sunday in New Orleans are worried about dust blanketing their homes.

The Times-Picayune reports that the state decided not to move the 400 households in the Iberville housing complex before the hotel is imploded. Now, some residents are upset about not being told what precautions to take when the building is brought down.

Fifty-four-year-old Lanetter Dorsey said she was in poor health and doesn't feel comfortable staying inside her Iberville apartment during the implosion.