Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com
Spectators head downtown to watch the implosion of First Baptist Dallas.
First Baptist Dallas blew up four of its older buildings at 8:15 a.m. Saturday to make room for a new worship space.
An estimated 150 pounds of dynamite brought the four buildings to the ground one after the other. It took approximately 15 seconds from when the button was pushed to when the last visible part of the last building disappeared into the cloud of dust.
Residents in the surrounding area are being asked to stay indoors for several hours after the implosion because of lingering dust.
Now demolition crews will work to remove the massive pile of debris from the area bordered by Ervay, Federal, St. Paul and San Jacinto Streets.
The church's $115 million makeover will include a 3,000-seat worship center, a sky bridge and hundreds of additional parking spaces.
Construction of the new church will begin in January. The church is aiming to complete the project in time for Easter Sunday in 2013.