ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Explosions in the sky accompanied the implosion on the ground in downtown Albany.
Fireworks went off as the 11-story Wellington Hotel Annex came down Saturday morning to make way for the New York capital's new $66 million convention center.
Crowds watched from rooftops and parking garages. Some people positioned cameras on tripods to capture the demise of the hotel, which had stood near the state capitol since the 1920s.
It had been vacant in recent years.
Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan posed for pictures with the building before it was reduced to rubble.
The implosion was postponed from Thursday to limit traffic disruptions.
Streets near the demolition site were closed for several hours. Street sweepers lined up along a nearby street to clear away dust and debris.