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Metrodome's roof comes down

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Crews used 84 charges of dynamite along 24 columns, then flipped the switch. (Source: KARE/CNN) Crews used 84 charges of dynamite along 24 columns, then flipped the switch. (Source: KARE/CNN)

MINNEAPOLIS (KARE/CNN) - The skyline looks a little different now.

The last piece of the Metrodome's roof was brought down in a series of controlled explosions Sunday.

In just a few short seconds, the shell of the Metrodome became hardly recognizable, and photographers like George Calger wanted to see and capture what was left.

"I love urban cityscapes, detailed shots. It would be cool to get closer," he said.

The mighty Metrodome took a big step closer to its end early Sunday as crews used 84 charges of dynamite along 24 columns, then flipped the switch.

"It went exactly as planned," John Wood with Mortenson Construction said. He admits using dynamite wasn't part of the original demolition. They feared vibrations and dust, especially near places like nearby Hennepin County Medical Center. But when a large tier gave way earlier this month, crews reconsidered their plan of attack.

"When that occurred, we recognized we had to take a different approach," he said. "Today, we demolished the ring beam of the Metrodome. When it went off, I was anticipating success, and that's what we had. It went flawlessly."

Mortenson Construction and other contractors are in the process of creating a new demolition plan, but they say bringing down the rest of the dome will be a lot less dramatic.

"This will be the last use of explosives in the demo process," Wood said. "From this point forward, it should be a conventional approach."

Sunday was another big goodbye in the dome's farewell tour, the entire stadium will be gone by April.

The Metrodome opened in 1982 and was the home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings until the end of the 2013 season.

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