Demolition underway at former Miami Herald building

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – Monday was the end of an era for the historic Miami Herald building, as part of the building was demolished to make way for a development by Resorts World Miami.

It was a shock to morning commuters who snapped pictures of the explosion.

A Miami Herald photographer captured the explosive moment when the south side of the paper’s iconic downtown building came crashing down, sending white plumes of smoke billowing across the water.

There was no fanfare and no news conference to mark the moment when a bit of Miami history crumbled.

Interior demolition has been underway for months but this was the first time a portion of the exterior walls were demolished.

For more than half a century the Miami Herald building greeted all those who crossed Biscayne Bay’s sparkling blue waters to and from Downtown Miami along the MacArthur Causeway.

“We were a presence here in downtown,” said the paper’s current courts reporter David Ovalle.

While iconic, a Miami preservation board in December of 2012 decided it did not merit historic landmark status in a five-to-three vote, which cleared the way for demolition.

International casino operator powerhouse Genting, from Malaysia, bought the site three years ago with big plans for a destination casino resort. Despite intense lobbying efforts they have yet to convince state lawmakers to allow the kind of gambling their grand vision had called for.

Company officials said a smaller scale mixed-use development is still in the works to include turning the path behind the Miami Herald building into a public promenade they call BayWalk.

BG Demolition is the contractor.