Update — The crane implosion happened Sunday afternoon. Watch in the video player above.
Previously from our sister station WGNO in New Orleans – Work crews finalizing preparations for a controlled demolition that will take down twin tower cranes that have been swaying precariously over the ruins of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site since a fatal collapse one week ago. If all goes to plan, the cross beams of the cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, will collapse where they stand, according to New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell.
Demolition specialists have spent nearly three days placing charges along the crane towers and making strategic cuts to weaken the structures.
McConnell said the plan has always been to take down the cranes, but when each tower began to sway as a tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico, the controlled demolition became a priority.
NEW ORLEANS — One person died in a massive Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse, three people are missing and 18 have been hospitalized Saturday, WDSUreports.
Nearby buildings were evacuated after debris was dumped across the road when the building collapsed at 9:30 a.m.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is in New Orleans urging people to stay away from the area of the collapse.
Crews are working to clear the scene.
Right now we are on the ground with city officials and first responders at the site of a partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. You should follow @nolaready for updates. Please pay attention to directions from city officials.
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) October 12, 2019
This is a developing story.