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'Awesome. Just Awesome!' A look at the best blow-ups in St. Louis history

'Awesome. Just Awesome!' A look at the best blow-ups in St. Louis history

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On Saturday, Aug. 25, 1984, a crowd of 10,000 people gave up sleeping in to go downtown and watch the implosion of the Buder and International Buildings in St. Louis to clear way for construction of the Gateway Mall.

"Awesome, just awesome!" breathed Rick Hudson of South St. Louis as he stared at the thick gray cloud of dust rising where the buildings had stood.

We take a look back through our archives to present some recent noteworthy blow-ups in St. Louis history. 

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