A New Orleans landmark has been destroyed as the Grand Palace Hotel was razed to the ground.
A series of controlled explosions meant loud pops could be heard across the city as the eruption of 1,300 explosive charges sounded.
The building was destroyed in less than 10 seconds, leaving nothing but rubble where the hotel had stood since the 1950s.
It had taken crews more than eighteen months to take the hotel apart piece by piece leaving just the huge concrete frame.
The 17-storey building will be replaced by a University Medical Centre which is being built to replace the old Charity Hospital, which was closed after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.