Old hotel imploded in central Florida

OCOEE, Fla. (AP) - Richard Lorenz, owner of the company that performed the implosion, says more than 630 sticks of dynamite reduced Ocoee's Colony Plaza Hotel to a 15,000-ton pile of rubble in about six seconds Saturday morning.

The flamingo-pink, seven-story hotel was originally built to
attract Walt Disney World visitors but was abandoned years ago.

The hotel served as a time-share for a short time in the 1990s, but the
city condemned the building in 2001 after malfunctioning sprinklers
flooded the first four floors.

The city spent more than $600,000 for the demolition, but
officials expect to get back the money when the property is sold.
Information from: Orlando Sentinel,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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