Millard Fillmore Gates building tumbles to the ground in thunderous fashion

Millard Fillmore implosion

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Despite delays, four piercing sirens shot through the morning air, warning of an impending implosion. Minutes after the final warning, a thunderous clap brought down one of Buffalo’s tall former medical buildings.

Hundreds gathered in the Queen City in person to watch the implosion, and thousands more tuned in online to watch. They were joined by Buffalo leaders, including Mayor Byron Brown and Darius Pridgen, along with the developer Tom Montante.

Although pushed back to 7:15 a.m., when Mayor Brown with developers pushed the plunger, an incredibly massive explosion rocked much of Buffalo, with reports of being heard in many suburbs, including parts of Niagara Falls, Tonawanda and Wheatfield.

Cheers erupted as ten seconds passed with concrete tumbling from the sky. More than 600 pounds of explosives systematically brought down the building from left to right.

PHOTOS | See a gallery of the implosion here. 

The explosion took down a hospital building that saw many births, deaths, joy and sadness, but developers wanted the public to realize its legacy will continue to stand.

“It is important to acknowledge this event is part of a new era for the City of Buffalo,” Tom Montante said. “This hospital has a special meaning to many people. As important as this event is to some, I know how bitter sweet it is for others.”

Montante, who heads up the development, said although the explosion brought down a landmark, operations continue to flourish in Buffalo’s medical corridor.

Watch more angles of the implosion and see what leaders said afterwards in the videos below, or click here if on the News 4 App. 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. Commenters 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. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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