Pistons' Palace of Auburn Hills imploded in a cloud of dust to cheers and shock

Omari Sankofa II, Detroit Free Press on

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The Pistons maintained their offices at the Palace and continued to use it as a practice facility until last October, when the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center opened in midtown.

Homrich, a demolition contractor, was tasked with the demolition and implosion. Scott Homrich, CEO of the company, estimated that it'll take a few months of cleanup before the process is completely finished.

"There's a lot of engineering that goes behind it," he said. "Basically, the explosives are helping gravity along the way. This one is pretty straightforward. You'll have the explosives start off on one side of the building and they'll be about a five-second delay from one side to the other. And then after that five seconds goes off there will be about a three-second pause, and then the charges will actually go off and start from one side to the other. There's been multiple checks of the different wiring and going through the process to make sure everything goes off good today."

Everything went according to plan, and he expressed optimism the new development on the site will serve the Auburn Hills community well.

"The development that's here is going to be incredible for the area," he said. "It's good to see abandoned things not sit abandoned. They've done a good job of using this through its useful life and moving it on and get something else in here that brings in good tax revenue, people's jobs, so on and so forth. They've done a good job of it."


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