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Georgia Dome imploded after 25 years of memories

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The Georgia Dome is now a distant memory after the stadium was imploded early Monday morning.

The stadium was downed at 7:30 a.m. and several people crowded the area to catch a glimpse of the implosion, including Atlanta officials and past politicians. 

"A lot of things happened in that dome," said Carttrell Coleman.

Coleman says the Georgia Dome is an Atlanta landmark and he captured what he could on his camera. 

The dome has been reduced to rubble and crews used 4,800 pounds of explosives to knock it down. 

Larry Prescott is the senior engineering adviser for MARTA. He tells CBS46 that pre-inspections for the Georgia Dome implosion include reading from the seismic sensors in the walls of the rail tunnels under the dome.

"It's actually just a little tube with a vibration sensor in it and when it vibrates it records electronically and transmits externally.  Just up down left and right," said Prescott.

Industry standards allow vibrations of two inches per foot. They expect none higher than 1.47 inches per foot for the implosion.

"If it's within parameters, we are good to go," continued Prescott. "If it's not in parameters then we go into a little more details safety wise in monitoring any issues we may have."

But above ground, MARTA had another issue to worry about. The dust cloud that comes from the implosion.

"They are doing some misters in the area and doing a lot of screening.  We are putting up plastic sheeting you may have seen at the Omni and Vine City stations to keep the dust from getting into our stations," said Prescott.

"Man, my heart is going to drop just as fast. Hopefully tears won't fall as fast," said Jantzen Kendall.

Kendall is a lifelong Falcons fan who says the dome's implosion marks the end of an era in Atlanta as well as the start of something special. 

"'It's a little painful to see it go. But I know what the future holds, so I'm okay with the move," said Kendall.

The move next door to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is new home of the Falcons and Atlanta's newest landmark. 

Rick Cuppetilli is one of the executives in charge of the dome demolition and almost immediately conducted an inspection of the aftermath.

"It was beyond my expectations," Cuppetilli said. "I see one little nick we didn’t note before. I don’t know if we missed it in a frame."

The only blemish appears to be a half-inch scratch next to a door frame on Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In addition, there are two walls of the Dome still standing.

"It’s pretty normal for a demolition implosion effort of this type to have a small percentage of the remaining structure intact and that’s exactly what you see there," says Wayne Wadsworth, who was in charge of the demolition. 

The walls will be knocked down in the coming days with heavy machinery and they pose no threat to public safety.

"From our current visual inspections, we can see the concrete looks like it’s fully intact, meaning the frame, the columns, everything was intact in that section so it all appears to be structurally sound," says Wadsworth.

The clean-up will begin this week and the Dome debris will be removed by February.

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