St. Ann's Community imploded the Heritage Building Saturday morning. Thousands came to watch as the building crumbled into rubble in seconds.
The implosion marked the end of a two year construction project by the nursing facility.
Thousands watched from a safe distance nearby.
One-hundred and fifty tons of explosives went off demolishing St Ann's Community's 19 story Heritage Building.
"It was really like and really loud and it went boom," Implosion observer 8-year-old Isabella Palumbo said. "I thought some pieces might fly but it just went straight down."
Just 15 seconds and then dust and debris.
Eight-year-old triplets Michael, Isabella and Sophia Palumbo squealed in excitement.
Some observers, like John Laurro had personal ties to the building. His mother-in-law worked there for 30 years.
"What I'd like to do is maybe come here tomorrow," Laurro said. "Come here and get a stone for her or a piece of brick or something."
The last local implosion was 5 years ago when Kodak imploded Building 50.
Like the fall of Kodak, some mourned the loss of the nursing facility. Including, former resident Jenny Pecora.
"I enjoyed being at the heritage so I hate to see it come down," Pecora said.
Portland Avenue was closed temporarily which was part of a plan to protect neighbors.
Police also evacuated 60 to 70 residents from an apartment next door.
"To get those people out of the way it just gives us a little bit of a cushion," Mark Cholach with the Monroe County Fire Bureau said.
Twelve local agencies had first responders on hand.
Residents were allowed to go home at about 11 as clean up crews swept in to pick up 39 years of history. Now, just a pile of rubble.
"Within seconds it's just down," Laurro said. "Just in seconds."
A parking lot will replace the Heritage building.
Although there were concerns about the dust from the implosion, officials gave the area the all clear earlier Saturday, but residents can call St. Ann's if they experience any problems.