Implosion Destroys Old Orlando City Hall; Cameras Roll
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ A fireball and implosion destroyed Orlando’s old City Hall early Friday in a thrifty disposal of an unwanted building that will provide truly special effects for the film ″Lethal Weapon III.″
The 33-year-old, eight-story building went up in a flash before coming down in a pile of rubble before a live audience of about 700 people,
The implosion blew out a bank window as well as four windows in the new $36 million City Hall just 5 feet away, said Greg Gentleman, a spokesman for the Orlando Fire Department.
Among the spectators was Judy Taylor. ″I had to fight back my tears,″ said Taylor, 36, of Deltona who worked in the old City Hall for five years. ″I feel like a part of Orlando is gone.″
The city paid $65,000 for the implosion. But it will get $50,000 from Warner Bros. for rights to use the scene in the movie starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. They will be seen running away from the building before it comes crumbling down in a firestorm.