The 'leaning tower of Dallas' has finally been demolished

Aerial images showed a pile of rubble where a listing concrete and steel core once stood.
Image: Dallas Tower
Developers initially intended for the entire building to come down Feb. 16, though the core did not, until today, March 2, 2020 when it came crashing down after a 5,600-pound wrecking ball has chipped away at the former Affiliated Computer Services building for the past week.NBC News

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By Tim Stelloh

The leaning tower of Dallas is no more.

More than two weeks after a demolition effort failed to topple an old office building — and instead left its core listing at 15 degrees — a 5,600-pound wrecking ball finished the job, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The demolition went awry after 300 pounds of dynamite on Feb. 16 failed to bring down the concrete and steel core of the Allied Computer Services tower.

Gawkers flocked to the site, snapping meme-worthy pictures and camping out as crews worked to knock down the building’s remnants.

The company carrying out the demolition, Lloyd D. Nabors, said that federal regulations limited the size of its wrecking ball to 5,600 pounds, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported. For days, a crane chipped away with what appeared to be mismatched equipment.

In the meantime, one man painted it, according to the station. Another brought his dog and a fold-out chair. He shouted words of encouragement to the workers like, “Just a little more!”

A third, Brooks Ruhman, urged crews with a handwritten sign that read, “USE A BIGGER BALL.”

“It’s what everybody’s thinking, man,” Ruhman told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. “I watched them go after it with a jackhammer. It didn’t work. Now they’re out here with a tiny ball? Come on, get a bigger ball.”

On Monday, aerial images showed a pile of rubble where the building once stood.