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Metrodome roof sinks into history

Dust begins to rise moments on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, moments after a series of charges severed cables holding up the Metrodome's room. (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority photo)

MINNEAPOLIS — The famous, and at times infamous, Metrodome roof is no more.

Construction workers on Sunday set off a series of explosive charges to sever cables attaching the roof to the oval downtown Minneapolis landmark’s walls. Within seconds, the roof was detached and a cloud of dust that accumulated since the building’s construction in the early 1980s floated over the site.

Last month, the dome was deflated early on a Sunday, taking 35 minutes to collapse. It was the first time the dome was intentionally deflated.

The dome was removed as demolition continues to make way for a nearly $1 billion glass-encased stadium to play home to the Minnesota Vikings football team and other events the Metrodome has hosted. It is expected to open in time for the Viking’s first game of the 2016 season.

During construction, the Vikings will play at the nearby University of Minnesota stadium.

A video shot by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the government agency building the stadium, shows the series of charges detonating, with brief orange blasts, followed by the Teflon roof slipping onto the stadium’s floor.

The inflatable soft dome had been the most recognizable feature of the Metrodome, and an occasional deflation frustrated ‘dome officials and those who used it.

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