Champlain Towers South Demolition 11 Days After Partial Collapse in Surfside, Florida


Crews used explosives to take down what was left of a condo building that partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida. Officials called the demolition necessary due to safety concerns and a looming tropical storm. Rescuers immediately returned to the scene after the blast in their efforts to find the 121 people still missing (NBC TODAY). YouTube Tips ⓘ

As of July 4, 2021, 24 people were confirmed dead because of a partial building collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium with a penthouse and underground parking garage. The partial collapse at 8777 Collins Avenue (Florida State Road A1A) in the Surfside Florida, which occurred at 1:25 a.m. June 24, 2021, injured 11 people and caused at least 121 people remain missing for 11 days. At least half of the 136 units in the building were destroyed in the initial partial collapse.

The demolition of the remaining standing portion of Champlain Towers South occurred at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

The controlled demolition of Sunday, July 4, 2021 was expected to bring the standing structure to collapse mostly into the current footprint where the remaining standing building existed. Debris falling outside that footprint was expected to fall on the west side onto Collins Avenue. The purpose of the controlled demolition was to avoid disturbing the existing search and rescue zone on the east ahead of the arrival of a Tropical Storm Elsa.. The search for survivors of the initial collapse resumed immediately after the demolition was completed.


June 24 – 35 rescued, 159 missing

June 25 – No new stats

June 26 – Four confirmed dead, 159 missing

June 27 – Nine confirmed dead, 152 missing

June 28 – Ten confirmed dead, 151 missing

June 29 – Twelve confirmed dead, 149 missing

June 30 – Eighteen confirmed dead, 145 missing

July 1 – No new stats — search and rescue ops temporarily suspended because of additional collapse risk

July 2 – Twenty confirmed dead, revised missing reduced to 128.

July 3 – Twenty-four confirmed dead, revised missing reduced to 121.

July 4 – No new stats. Demolition of remaining standing building 10:30 p.m. EDT.

July 5 – Twenty-seven confirmed dead, 118 missing (11:39 AM EDT).

Tropical Storm Elsa Warnings Cone July 5 2021 at 8A EDT (SOURCE: National Hurricane Center)
Tropical Storm Elsa Warnings Cone July 5 2021 at 8A EDT (SOURCE: National Hurricane Center).

The remainder of the Champlain Towers South Condo building in Surfside was demolished on July 4 with views available from four different angles with the sound of surf of the Gulf of Mexico in the background. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The remaining portion of the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo was demolished via controlled implosion in Surfside on July 4. YouTube Tips ⓘ



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