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Scott Towers: The Final Night

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Homeowners prepare to evacuate before Scott Tower demolition. Homeowners prepare to evacuate before Scott Tower demolition.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - 

There are just a few hours left until Scott Towers is imploded in downtown Greenville.

Residents who live close and those who want to get a good look for the last time gathered and shared memories.

Martha Watkins took a few minutes to talk to 7 On Your Side. She has had many friends living in the building and will be sad when it's torn down.

"I'm going to miss a whole lot about it actually I just really hate to see it go down," said Watkins.

Crews are working all weekend to make sure Scott Towers is the only building damaged.

First responders told 7 On Your Side they don't expect any trouble and have already planned for possible problems.

Officials said semi trailers were set up near Augusta Road to contain some of the debris.

Workers are also covering homes with plastic to protect them from dust.

7 On Your Side spoke with officials at Greenville Rec who work at the Sterling Community Center. They will be having a catered breakfast for residents of a nearby apartment complex.

There is also a church service inside the center in another room. Workers said it's an open service for anyone who needs a place to evacuate to .
The center is located on 113 Minus St, Greenville, SC 29601

It will take 18 seconds to turn Greenville’s iconic Scott Towers into a 20-foot tall pile of rubble.

At 14 stories high, it will be the tallest building ever imploded in Greenville.

The Augusta Street public housing building is being leveled on Sunday, Jan. 19 to make way for new apartments.

If you'd like a front-row seat to the demolition, the city is setting up a viewing area on Dunbar Street by Greenville High School.

LIVE COVERAGE

7 On Your Side will have live reports during our Sunday morning show, starting at 6 am

We will be live streaming the 9:30 implosion on wspa.com with cameras showing different vantage points from the air and the ground.

DEMOLITION SCHEDULE

7:00 AM – Evacuation

7:30 AM – Road Closures

8:30 AM – Final Security Sweep

9:00 AM – Recognition Ceremony

9:30 AM - Implosions of Scott Towers

9:45 AM – 11:15 – Clean Up

11:15 – All Roads Re-open

11:30 – Residents Re-enter

SAFETY PLAN

Crews are placing 600-800 explosives inside Scott Towers.

"You'll hear them, but you won't see them,” said NEO Corporation president Todd Escaravage.

But just in case, crews have wrapped the floors where the explosives will go off with tarps and two layers of chain link fence to keep the debris from flying.

The morning of the demolition, the city will evacuate seven houses, an apartment complex and a handful of businesses on the block. Then a final security sweep will ensure everyone is out.

Surrounding streets will be closed off to protect vehicles.

“Any project has risks, but again, we've taken precautions and mitigated any and all circumstances that we can come upon to do this," said Escaravage.

The surrounding properties will be videotaped before and after the implosion to determine if any of them were damaged.

AFTER THE IMPLOSION

When it's over, the rubble belongs to the Greenville City Fire Department for a week.

On Thursday, they started bringing in props like wrecked cars and mannequins to prepare for a multi-agency simulation. They're going to train to respond to a building collapse caused by a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

“You may have a few cars on fire, some smoke coming up, we'll have some surface mannequins out there they can rescue quickly,” said Assistant Fire Chief David Wright.

The city plans to replace Scott Towers with 150 new affordable senior apartments and about 200 multi-family housing units. The city estimates it will be another five years before the project is complete.

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