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Published on May 6, 2007
Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands - Members of the 7th Dive Detachment from the 29th Engineering Battalion "Topographic" demolished the decrepit Pacific Bachelor Quarters (PBQ) on July 7, 2006 using 168 sticks of dynamite. The demolition was a much-anticipated event on Kwajalein and was preceded by a two-day evacuation of the downtown area, covering 76 facilities including Café Pacific, the post office, and the hospital.
A large group of onlookers gathered around the perimeter of the approximate 681-foot evacuation zone throughout the afternoon and cheered when the detonation occurred around 4:05 PM. As planned, only the first floor was destroyed with the second and third floors simply falling one story in height. The structure was partially lowered so that it could be safely demolished with the heavy mechanical equipment on-island.