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Implosion for Canal St. hotel will proceed as planned

Firefighters examine the former Grand Palace Hotel after a two-alarm fire burned through the top floors Thursday night. (FOX 8/Bernel Davis) Firefighters examine the former Grand Palace Hotel after a two-alarm fire burned through the top floors Thursday night. (FOX 8/Bernel Davis)

New Orleans, La. - State and city officials are making plans for the July 22nd implosion of the old Pallas Hotel.  There were some concerns that the implosion might have to be postponed, following a two-alarm fire at the building Thursday night. 

On Tuesday, State Police and the city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency preparedness are planning a press conference to outline plans, which include street closures and evacuation plans in downtown New Orleans. 

The demolition, set for the old hotel at the corner of Claiborne and Canal Streets is being done to make way for the University Medical Center.

The city will execute a mandatory evacuation of several blocks around the site in the early morning on July 22nd, and streets will be closed to pedestrians and traffic.

The Pallas Hotel implosion is expected to last no more than eight or nine seconds, which will be followed by a cloud of dust.  That dust is expected to dissipate within 10 minutes.  State officials say the dust is not toxic, but people with allergies or respiratory problems should avoid the area the near implosion for a few hours.

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