The Bank of Lisbon build has been demolished following an assessment into the structural integrity. The building was deemed unsafe after assessors investigated the building following the fire, which engulfed the building in September last year.
PAY ATTENTION: Click "See first" under the "Following" tab to see Briefly news on your News Feed!
After the assessment was concluded the building was stripped of everything that could be salvaged and the area around the building was cordoned off. Two thousand people have safely moved away from the blast area according to thecitizen.co.za.
Despite this, hundreds turned out to see the spectacle of the building being imploded. The demolition of the building went off smoothly and as the video shows, the building collapses in on itself without damaging any of the surrounding structures.
READ ALSO: Fikile Mbalula comments on Miss SA's Miss Universe national costume
Briefly.co.za learned that last year the Bank of Lisbon building caught fire and three firefighters lost their lives in the blaze. The building housed a number of government departments with thousands of employees.
The site will be completely cleared by March 2020.
READ ALSO: Weekly wrap: Kim's toes and Kairo's business venture had SA buzzing
Briefly.co.za reported on the fire last year, the government had been warned that the Bank of Lisbon building was unsafe with a rating of 21% instead of 85%.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!