...a photo a day (or so) from deep in the heart of Texas.
Nah, explosives probably weren't necessary. A lot of those old buildings will come down pretty easily if you just give them the right push with a backhoe. If I remember correctly, I think the old Earl Abel's building on Broadway was demolished in all of about 30 minutes.
I reckon they didn't need explosives either since the downtown crowd didn't complain of loud booming noises. The process did seem to go quickly. By the by, a few more photos can be found here.
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