Massive blast will take down aging 11-story Ottawa building this weekend

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OTTAWA, CANADA – The biggest implosion in Ottawa’s history is set for this Sunday as a demolition team is expected to take down an aging, unloved federal office building.

The 11-story Sir John Carling Building will be turned into about 40,000 tonnes of rubble Sunday at 7 a.m. when Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc. sets off about 400 kilograms of intricately-placed dynamite to take down the structure.

Citizens are welcome to watch, but not from any closer than 300 metres from the building, located at 930 Carling Ave near Dow’s Lake in the city’s west end.

Nearby residents have been warned to stay indoors.

The Sir John Carling Building was opened in 1967 and until 2010 was the headquarters for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Watch the implosion prep of Sir John Carling Building

Advanced Explosives Demolition (AED) is handling the implosion.

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