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Watch: Reunion Arena Roof Collapses



    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.

    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.

    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)

    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.