The Implosion of Ocean Tower


Developer's insatiable need to build bigger and taller has finally caught up with them on South Padre Island. On Sunday December 13, 2009, Ocean Tower Condominiums was imploded.

This thin strip of barrier island simply could not support a 31 floor tower such as this. During construction, when the clay bed on which it sat began to shift under its weight, the building's foundation cracked, causing the tower to lean. Irreparable, this marked the tallest concrete building, to date, to ever be imploded.

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