Old eyesore in central Phoenix imploded

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX - The old "Mountain Bell" building in central Phoenix looks like piles of stone and twisted metal after the building was imploded Sunday morning.

Something like this doesn't happen too often, but when it does it gives some people a reason to throw a party.

Chairs, umbrellas, kids made up a family event that doesn't come around too often.

“We see them go up all the time, but coming down is the fun part,” Bob Fisher said.

Streets surrounding the old "Mountain Bell" building filled up with on-lookers who patiently waited for the big moment.

Those with a view killed time by cooking up breakfast.

Margery Holman hosted a party to watch a building, that's been somewhat of an eyesore, come crashing down.

“It's a neighborhood thing,” Holman said. “We've been watching it being torn down for a long time and all of a sudden, the neighbors are pretty upset over this, but we think it's great, because we get to watch it.”

“After the front part had collapsed and you saw the last tower falling, I think that was amazing,” Thomas Kirwan said.

“Just watching the building come down, the explosion, never seen anything like this before,” Ted Prouty said.

Loud cheers turn to coughs when all of a sudden the dust rolled in.

In all, it may have been quick, but definitely worth the wait to see destruction on a Sunday morning.

According to Phoenix police and fire, the whole thing went smoothly.

Now the debris just has to be cleaned up and hauled out of here.

This was a rare site as the last building implosion in Phoenix took place 37 years ago.