420 Main building implosion

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:45 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2021 at 11:03 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, the 420 Main building was no longer standing in downtown Evansville.

You can watch our live coverage here:

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The implosion company held a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss plans.

The officials said it will take 26 seconds from the time the first “bang” is heard to the time the building is on the ground.

The team is using 374 total pounds of explosives with 1.4 miles of detonating cord throughout the building.

The company’s big message was encouraging people not to be in the area Sunday morning.

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[County Historian looks back at the history behind the 420 Main building ahead of implosion]

One day away from the 420 Main building implosion

The company in charge of the demolition, Renascent, says Sunday morning’s implosion is the culmination of months of work.

Company officials say much of their work on Saturday was focused on protecting nearby areas. They put up barriers around 420 Main as well as coverings on nearby buildings.

As their work in town starts to wind to a close, they say they’ve had a lot of support from the community, and they’ve enjoyed their time in Evansville.

“You know what, it’s been great down here,” said Renascent Division President Joshua Campbell. “We’ve really enjoyed it, the people have been super friendly down here. The police department and the emergency service has just been exceptional down here; just the effort and energy that they’ve put in to help us coordinate this, to set up the exclusion zone, to help with notifying the public. It’s just been incredible.”

Below is the map of some restrictions downtown.

Exclusion Zone.
Exclusion Zone.(Evansville Police Department)

The red outline on the map is called the Exclusion Zone.

Officials say no one may be outside that outlined area during or immediately after the implosion. Officials say that includes sidewalks, rooftops, decks, balconies, parking garages or on the street.

This includes the area of South East Third Street up to MLK Boulevard, including the Ford Center and Victory Theater.

The METS bus terminal is not included in that zone.

Earlier last week, we spoke with businesses like Backstage Bar and Grill on Main Street. They told us they won’t be allowed to open that day until that is all taken care of.

There are other places downtown that might be affected by foot traffic.

However, when we spoke with some businesses, they told us they weren’t that concerned.

[Business holding Main St. implosion sale]

Officials say the area is expected to be open to pedestrians and most car traffic by noon on Sunday.

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The tower is the tallest building downtown. That honor will now go to the 16 story Fifth Third Center.

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