Watch: Reunion Arena Roof Collapses

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    The remaining section of Reunion Arena came down in a cloud of dust on Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009)

    In a rather anti-climactic fashion, the remains of Reunion Arena fell to the ground Tuesday.

    Instead of a series of explosions and a dramatic fall back to terra firma, the remaining roof structure left standing in downtown Dallas since April was to be felled by a process called "tripping."  Crews began that process at 7 a.m. Tuesday and shortly after 3 p.m., the roof collapsed.

    Reunion Roof Tumbles

    [DFW] Reunion Roof Tumbles
    The remaining section of Reunion Arena came down in a cloud of dust on Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009)

    Tripping works by the crews weakening the structure until it collapses on itself.

     Demolition of the building began last spring but was brought to a halt when crews found styrofoam insulation in the upper deck and asbestos-filled waterproofing on the roof.

    The fall to the ground was recorded as part of a pilot for a new show called The Imploders.  The show will debut on TLC on Dec. 17.