Dec. 13, 1982: The Tegler Building goes out with a bang
Dust cloud chokes out downtown Edmonton as former home to Zellers falls
On the final day of its existence, the Tegler Building was reduced to a pile of rubble on the corner of 101st Street and 102nd Avenue.
Demolishing the historic building was a spectacle not often seen in the downtown. A crowd of onlookers had gathered for a last glimpse.
Once the tallest building in Edmonton, the seven-storey Tegler Building was built by Robert Tegler in 1912. It was two storeys taller than any other building in the city.
It was brought down by 450 explosive charges. A gigantic cloud of dust rolled through the city's centre like a wave on the ocean.
With the building gone, the Bank of Montreal, which purchased the Tegler in 1978, had a place to construct a new branch and corporate office.
In the video, the CBC's Harry Nuttall describes the preparation and spectacular implosion in his report from Dec. 13, 1982.