Hotel implosion planned for this Sunday

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Any time you hear a loud boom in downtown Oklahoma City, it is bound to rattle some folks.

We want to let you know, if you feel shaking or hear a loud boom on Sunday, it's a planned implosion. Explosives will be used to demolish the old Black Hotel and Motor Hotel near Sheridan and Hudson in downtown Oklahoma City.

The owner of Midwest Wrecking, Chris Kates, said they can't tell us exactly how many explosives are necessary to accomplish such a feat.

"The explosives are being loaded as we speak. It's dynamite, 60 percent gel dynamite being loaded into the columns," Kates said. "Different columns receive different loads, depending on which way you're wanting to move the building."

In this case, workers want the building to move straight down in its own footprint and not cause any damage to nearby glass buildings.

The planned implosion has been in the works for awhile.

"We've been down here over a month prepping the site. We've already tore down some two story buildings, gutted out some of the old Black Hotel," Kates said. "We've actually been drilling for the last two weeks, drilling out columns and softening them to get ready for the implosion on Sunday."

Kates said they want to make sure folks aren't alarmed by the sudden loud explosions.

"It'll be over within seven or eight seconds," Kates said. "Don't worry about it."

Workers at the site are also hoping for something that is in abundance here in Oklahoma, and that's wind.

"When a building comes down, especially one as old as these two buildings are, obviously it's been accumulating dust for last forty, fifty, sixty years," Kates said. "So, there's a lot of dust going to come around, almost like a mushroom cloud, but the wind will help dissipate that."

When the dust clears, it will be out with an old piece of Oklahoma City, and in with new high rises in the area.

If you plan to be in the area of the old Black Hotel this Sunday, you might want to find a different route. Several streets in the area will be closed to traffic.

KFOR will carry the implosion live during our Sunday morning newscast.

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