Authorities demolished the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South on Sunday, citing the need to protect public safety.
CNN.com reports that the site was demolished with explosives at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. Authorities plan to allow the demolition site to settle before allowing search and rescue teams to continue scouring through the debris.
Officials put search and recovery efforts on hold at about 4:00 p.m. Saturday because the part of the structure that was still standing posed a risk of further collapse. “As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
Officials decided to demolish the site as Tropical Storm Elsa threatened to pound South Florida with rain and winds, further complicating the search effort and likely making the site more dangerous.
The official death toll from the collapse stands at 24 people, including two sisters aged 4 and 10, and an elderly couple.
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