Saskatoon

Timber! Crowd gathers to watch old mill implode in Saskatoon

On Saturday, a crowd gathered on Saskatoon's west side to watch the Parrish & Heimbecker mill demolition.

At least 100 watched the Parrish & Heimbecker mill come down

It took more than 50 pounds of explosives to bring down the Parrish & Heimbecker mill. 0:25

It woke up the neighbourhood, if you were not already up to watch.

This morning, at least 100 people gathered on Saskatoon's west side to watch the 105-year-old Parrish & Heimbecker mill's demolition.

Officials say it was the first time in 50 years that a building had been demolished by implosion, within the city limits.

People arrived early and staked out the best spot to capture the implosion. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

Sixteen-year-old Caid Brossart made sure he was up early to see it happen.

"Pretty spectacular, you know, it's not too often that we get to see a building being blown up in the heart of the city," Brossart said.

The building was erected in 1910 on Avenue N South and at one time was the largest milling and grain storage facility in Western Canada.    

Caid Brossart, 16, and his brother rolled out of bed early on Saturday to watch the historic demolition. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

Demolition crews drilled 220 holes in the mill and filled them with more than 50 pounds of explosives.

Many people brought cameras to the event and said they wanted to witness a part of Saskatoon history.

Many people brought their children to the event. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

For Brossart and his family, being there was enough.

"Kinda neat you know, it's half a century for something like this, it probably won't be another 50 years until something happens again. So, it is cool."

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