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Plaza Hotel Comes Tumbling Down

Former Plaza Hotel

After a 10-minute delay, the tallest privately-owned building in the Bryan-College Station area collapsed on itself in only seven seconds Thursday morning.

The Plaza is going away to make way for a mixed-use development containing both commercial and residential properties.

Rendering of new development

The new development will revitalize the area’s busiest intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive. The location was marked by neglect, punctuated by the deteriorating shell of the Plaza.

WTAW wants your reaction to the Plaza Hotel demolition. If you were nearby and shot video of the implosion on your mobile device, we’d like to share it with our audience.

You can e-mail links to the videos to: news@wtaw.com. You can also try sending the video itself to the same address and we will post them here.

First, here are a few still shots submitted to WTAW: [nggallery id=24]

Official WTAW Video: Shot by Bryan Broadcasting general manager Ben Downs’ wife, Lillie:

User-submitted videos: WTAW is not responsible for the content or language in these videos. They are all user-submitted.

First up honors go to Jordan Meserole of Rock Cottage Media who gives us real-time, rewind, and slow-motion:

A genuine reaction from Bryan Broadcasting’s Andrew Hicks. This one may go viral:

Special thanks to Stephen Tinkle for another slow-motion recap:

You’ve heard of a kid in a candy store? How about kids reacting to an implosion?

Well-shot video from a great angle. Thank you, Chad Stephens:

A mom’s job is never easy. Thanks, Lauren, for sharing:

Video from local hip-hop artist, Big Hush:

This video was shot from the VIP viewing area:

Warning: Strong language in this video:

Warning: Strong language

Warning: Strong language

This one is a bit narrow but gives a very good idea of just how quickly the building fell:

Yet another video, this one from Chris Edwards:

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Posted by on May 24 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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