As WCAX began its live coverage of the Champlain Bridge demolition, crowds gathered in the cafeteria of the National Life Group building to witness the moment firsthand.
"It's like that kid's inside of us," said Tim Shea of the National Life Group. "I've seen stuff blow up on TV. Just to see something a little bit more Vermont in nature and to know a little bit more of the history of the bridge."
Most of those present work for Vermont's Agency of Transportation, which has offices in the building. Richard Boulanger was one of them.
"Historic occasion," he said. "You don't see many bridges blown up here in the North Country."
With only moments to go before detonation, personal memories on the span were sparked.
"I have memories of crossing that thing wondering if I had to pay a toll and didn't have a cent," Boulanger recalled.
As the bridge was brought down, reaction from this crowd was fairly subdued. Of course witnessing the explosion from the cafeteria is a lot different than being right on site.
"It was a lot faster than I thought. It was just poof and gone," commented Hiram Salls, who works in the Agency of Transportation's bridge division.
The AOT will be working with consultants and transportation officials in New York to construct a new link between the two states. Artist renderings of what the new bridge will look like have already been drawn up.
"It is a nice looking bridge and I think a lot of people will be happy with it," Salls said. "You know it's 80 years old. It lived its life. You know, it is sad at one point but there is a nice new bridge coming."
It's in with the new as the old disappears in a cloud of smoke.
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:23:50 GMT
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Peter Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they now planMore >>
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they plan to fight the governor for the property.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:04:52 GMT
Steve Stitzel is a lawyer with three decades of tax sales experience. His firm represents towns from Bennington to Newport. He says in recent years towns have gotten tough on tax collections. "BudgetsMore >>
There are several steps before a home is sold in a tax sale. Once it is sold, homeowners still have a year to try to get back their property. And many do find a way to pay their back taxes and stay put.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:57:59 GMT
Four colleges, including Dartmouth, are now facing federal complaints over their handling of rape allegations. Other colleges facing complaints include Swarthmore College, University of Southern California,More >>
Four colleges, including Dartmouth, face federal complaints over their handling of rape allegations.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:02 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:02:01 GMT
A Townshend man will be in court for breaking into a house and making himself at home. Police say last Friday and again on Wednesday, they caught 34-year-old Jesse Johnson living in another man's homeMore >>
A Townshend man will be in court for breaking into a house and making himself at home.More >>