According to ABC Local 10, the building had a demolition permit but not an implosion permit. The latter is required for demotions in which structures are brought down rapidly by controlled explosions. However, something happened during the controlled demolition that brought the entire building down in one fell swoop.
Authorities say debris from the former Marlborough House condominium building filled the 5700 block of Collins Avenue, and police shut down nearby streets for blocks.
Authorities stated that only one person was hurt during the explosion, 46-year-old Samuel Landis. Landis was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
Witnesses said a piece of debris struck Landis just below the chest, causing him to be thrown back several feet. A witness described the piece of debris as being the size of a car.
Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Virgil Fernandez said Allied Bean Demolition, the construction company involved, did a roll call on its employees and everyone has been accounted for. A spokesperson for Allied Bean Demolition said the company is cooperating with the investigation.
Developers had planned to demolish the Marlborough House, built in 1961, to make way for a new 19-story residential tower on the ocean-front property.
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
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