WIU dorm implodes

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:09 AM CDT

MACOMB, Ill. -- A dormitory on the campus of Western Illinois University has come crashing down.

This weekend, crews demolished the university's Wetzel Hall.

School officials say there are plans to replace the old building with a park and a student recreational area.

Former Wetzel residents-- on hand for the implosion-- say though the building is no longer standing, the bonds and memories forged there are not lost.

"Wetzel is a symbol of our friendship symbol of our past so it will always have a place in our hearts," said Karen Price, a former resident.

"As soon as that popping sound came, started coming up, it was, you just felt your heart skip a beat for a minute," said former resident Lori Barranco.

School officials say so many people tried to view the live internet stream of the implosion, that the server reached its max viewership 30 minutes before it happened.

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