Miami Condo Demolition Shown in Photos, Videos as Rescue Efforts to Continue

The remaining part of the condo complex in Surfside, Miami, that collapsed in June, was brought down by a controlled demolition on Sunday night, as officials brace for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Elsa.

The building was demolished at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, 10 days after part of the condo complex initially collapsed. The search for the remaining missing people is expected to continue in the coming days.

"As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work," Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed on Sunday night.

Rescue crews have so far recovered 24 bodies at the site, while 121 people are still unaccounted for. No one has been pulled alive from the wreckage since the early hours of the rescue process.

Several images and videos of the demolition were shared on Sunday night and Monday morning, showing the controlled collapse from several different angles and highlighting the work that will need to be carried out to prepare the continued search for survivors.

SEE IT: Eleven days after the Surfside building collapse, the remaining part of the building has been demolished over safety concerns. Here's the view of demolition from the water. https://t.co/RcHzNj4m9z pic.twitter.com/sUSojZHrtp

— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) July 5, 2021

Footage shared to social media by local residents revealed the view of the demolition from their houses, as video published by CBS showed the remaining part of the building collapse within a couple of seconds, followed by a large plume of dust filling the sky.

What was left of Champlain Towers South was demolished Sunday evening in Surfside. https://t.co/a2bluBL2vE pic.twitter.com/H82vf64y2r

— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) July 5, 2021

Photos shared by Getty Images showed the aftermath of the demolition, with a large pile of debris shown at the site, as locals residents were photographed covering their mouths and noses as the dust circled the air.

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The remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building falls with a controlled demolition on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The search for survivors will continue in the coming days.
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Residents were advised to stay inside their properties during the demolition and keep their windows shut for at least two hours following the collapse.

Rescuers hope that Sunday's collapse will give them access to other areas of the site to help look for survivors.

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A man covers his face from dust after the demolition of the wreckage of the Champlain Tower on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The search is expected to continue in the coming days. Eva Marie Uzcategui//Getty Images

Rescuers were also concerned that Tropical Storm Elsa would create an additional threat to the building, as winds up to 60 miles per hour expected in the area from the extreme weather could have caused the remaining structure to fall.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told CBS' Face the Nation on CBS on Sunday that the demolition will give rescue teams a safer site to work on and the chance to look at new areas of the wreckage.

12 days after the Surfside building collapse, the remaining part of the building has been demolished over concerns the damaged structure was at risk of falling, endangering the crews below. https://t.co/iKr6irEKtM pic.twitter.com/3Q8nYnMdd8

— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) July 5, 2021

"It appears as though the approaching storm may have been a blessing in disguise for us in that it initiated the demolition discussion," he said. "We want to make sure that we control which way the building falls and not a hurricane, so all of this together I think ended up being a good thing."

Once the wreckage is deemed safe for rescuers and paths inside the rubble are created, then the search-and-rescue effort will continue.

Newsweek has contacted Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue for comment.

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The remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building falls with a controlled demolition on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The search for survivors will continue in the coming days. Getty Images/Joe Raedle