NOLA cranes downed..

Explosive end for cranes at site of major collapse.

Crews in New Orleans set off a series of explosions designed to topple two cranes looming over the ruins of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel yesterday.

The demolition came a week after the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed during its construction. The two cranes sustained significant damage when the hotel’s upper floors collapsed onto each other on October 12, taking the lives of three construction workers.

Officials were concerned the cranes would fall on their own, possibly hitting nearby buildings or damaging underground gas and electrical lines